Ranger Exes Memorial - The Faculty RJC

Lynn & Don Bates GEORGIA "LYNN" RODGERS BATES, 69, of Wharton, TX, entered into eternal rest on Oct. 8, 2013, after a lengthy illness, which she fought with grace and dignity. Burial was at the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. She was born July 5, 1944 in Cherokee, OK to Robert Max & Barbara Adair Rodgers. Her beloved husband of 54 years, Don Bates, preceded Lynn in death, passing away the same day by a mere two hours. Theirs was a true love story. Lynn cared for Don as he battled illnesses, even when she was suffering. Lynn moved with family from Cherokee, OK to Houston, TX in 1956. She was in the first graduating Class of Westbury High School in 1962. She attended Sam Houston State University and majored in education and was a twirler in the band. Lynn always loved to dance and performed in the schools theatrical performances. Lynn received her undergraduate education degree and followed with a Masters in Kinesiology. She taught at Ranger High School in the 1970s also a dance & drill team instructor at Ranger Jr. College. Lynn married her college sweetheart and football team player, Don Bates, in Aug. of 1966. His football coaching jobs took them to Hitchcock, Lumberton, Brownsville, and Wharton ISDs, as well as to Sam Houston State University, Ranger Jr. College, & Wharton County Jr. College. In Lumberton, Lynn formed her first of many school dance teams. In 1976, she started The Lynn Bates School of Dance in Wharton. For the past 37 years, Lynn has taught dance (3 years to adult) in Wharton and Bay City. For approximately 30 years, she instructed the Junior Jazz Dance Co., a competitive dance team, composed of young teenage women, winning many national honors. Her Dancing Divas, the adult dancers, were always a crowd favorite at her annual dance recitals. Through the years she was invited to be a guest instructor and or judge at numerous national dance festivals and drill team camps. She was a member of several national dance educator organizations. She also competed in ballroom dance competitions. Her legacy is the success of her dance students. She has helped many young women reach their potential not only in dance, but also in life. Today her former students credit Lynn for helping them learn poise, grace, self-esteem, etiquette, a dedication to hard work, and the importance of caring for others. To many she was a second mom. At the time of her death, Lynn Bates was survived by her sister, Lana Gean (Rodgers) Wynne (Houston, TX) and nephew, George Parker Wynne, Jr., his wife Abigail, and sons Andrew and Matthew; niece, Barbara Nicole Wynne; brother, Robert Max Rodgers, Jr. wife Donna Marie (Houston, TX), niece, Katy Marie Rodgers and nephew Robert Max Rodgers III and his daughter Vanessa Marie.