BATES, Jeffrey M., 54, of Toronto, Ohio, formerly of Wellsburg, WV, passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in the Shands Medical Center in Gainesville, FL.
Jeff was born on September 23, 1958, in Steubenville, OH, son of Marvin L. Bates and Marlene (Bates) Sayers.
Jeff loved his family and fought his battle until the very end. He was an installer with the Jefferson Co. Cable Company and he also worked for the family-owned Lime Rock Mine in Florida. He loved boating, people, his friends, and he touched many people's lives in many ways. Everybody has a story to share about Jeff. Jeff loved racing his mini-stock car in McAllen, TX, he loved hunting alligators and he loved his dog, Lucky.
Jeff is survived by his parents, Marvin L. Bates of Toronto, OH and Marlene Sayers of Wellsburg, WV; his daughter Victoria "Tori" Bates of Dillon, SC; two sisters, Jeanne (Kevin) Yanda of Follansbee, WV and Melanie (Lee) Cecchini of Wellsburg, WV; two brothers, Rex Bates and Marvin L. "Bouk" Bates Jr., both of Toronto, OH; and stepsister Barb Lamantia of Toronto, OH. Jeff also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles, and while living in Inglis, FL, Jeff made many, many friends.
Visitation for Jeff will be held on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the J.E. Foster Funeral Home, 701 Findley St., Toronto, OH 43964, and again on Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Jeff's funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 24, at 11 a.m. at the J.E. Foster Funeral Home, and burial will follow in Island Creek Cemetery in Toronto, OH.
Everyone is encouraged to write down their favorite memories of Jeff and bring them to the funeral home where they will be collected and shared with Jeff's family.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jeff's memory to the Shands Medical Center Neurological Intensive Care Unit 1600 SW Archer Rd. Gainesville, FL 32610.
Condolences may be offered to the family on our website, www.jefosterfh. com.