Dekle, Madge Bates

Retired From Bureau Of Indian Affairs And Social Security Administration

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Madge Dekle
Madge Dekle

Madge Bates Dekle died on January 6, 2013 at her home in Hixson, Tennessee, with her loving son, John Bates and family at her side. 

She was retired from the U.S. government having worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Social Security Administration.

Madge was born in Lead Hill, Ar., on Nov. 2, 1919. She was the last surviving child of James Edgar and Paretell (Green) Manley. Madge was very proud of her Cherokee Indian White River Band Heritage. She is the widow of John Bartley Bates and the mother of Pamela Bates Draudt, deceased. 

She will be sadly missed by her loving family: son and daughter-in-law, John L. and Kay Bates of Hixson; Peter and Michael Draudt of Pine, Co.; Jim, Angie, and Sydney Bates of Redondo Beach, Ca.; Michelle Bates of Hixson; Angela, Michael, and Patrick Wade of Chattanooga; John Paul Bates of Hixson; Amy, Jon Paul, Ashley, and Taylor Ray of Sale Creek; Larry and Joyce Foster of Ringgold; Ed, Marge, Connor, and Chris Deverell of Little Silver, N.J.; Myra Center of Ringgold; Chub and Donna Ensminger of Hixson; John and Judy Kemp of Hixson; Jim and Jane Ensminger of Galion, Oh.; Tony and Donna Carter of Dayton, Tn.; her devoted companion “Buffy”; friends and family at Sale Creek First Baptist Church and the many other people she touched throughout her life.

Services will be on Sunday, Jan. 13, at Sale Creek First Baptist Church at 3 p.m.. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Sale Creek First Baptist Church – Building Fund, P. O. Box 502, Sale Creek, Tn. 37373.

Special thanks to Christina, Kevin, Morgan, Connie, Teresa, Scott and staff at Avalon Hospice for their unselfish love and support.

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Arrangements are by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated.


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