Leslie Clay Bates- Age 81. He was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (brain tumor) on August 8, 2018, comfortably passing at Alive Hospice, Nashville Midtown on November 23, 2018.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Lillian Bates; brother, Johnny M. Bates; beloved cats, Miss Marshall and Hobo.
Survived by his wife of 33 years, Judy Lee Bates; daughter, Jayme Roppel (Steven); grandson, Jaymes Roppel.
He married Judy on Valentines Day on February 14, 1985. They happily resided at the beaches in Destin, FL (Paradise) and Franklin, TN.
Leslie enjoyed spending time with his grandson and visiting with friends. He loved Five Guys Cheeseburgers, Coke Classics, Lays chips, dining at the Corner Pub and J. Alexanders restaurants. He enjoyed listening to music by Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Elvis, and others. He enjoyed reading and watching sports and the news on television. He loved airplanes, helicopters and spent a lot of time at the radio control air field at Edwin Warner Park. His favorite flower was Hibiscus and he loved nature, flowers, birds, and hot air balloons. His cat, Miss Marshall lived for 23 years.
He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol in his younger years (Air National Guard) and a member of Edwin Warner Model Aviators Club. He was a lifetime employee of Regions Bank, formerly First American National Bank and AmSouth Bank.
Visitation will be 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home with A Celebration of Life Service following at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at The Lakeview Estates at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Les’s memory to Alive Hospice.