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Bates House Of Turkey Founder Bill Bates Passes Away

W. C.”Bill” Bates, Jr., founder of Greenville’s Bates House of Turkey, passed away on Monday. He was 89.
Mr. W. C."Bill" Bates, Jr., 89, a resident of Logan, AL, died on Monday, August 26, 2013 at his residence.

Bates is most known for founding the Bates House of Turkey. It happened in March of 1970.

He also owned and operated Bates Turkey Farm which opened in 1923. 

Turkeys from his farm have been a common fixture each Thanksgiving at the State Capitol in Montgomery. Each year the sitting governor would pardon one turkey from the farm after is was presented to the governor and his family for their Thanksgiving meal. Each turkey pardoned has always been named Clyde.

Mr. Bates was also a veteran of World War II.

WDHN's Megan Hunter traveled to Bates Turkey Farm in November of 2012 and talked with the family about their turkey farming operation.

Funeral arrangements will be announced tomorrow by Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home.
UPDATE - We've added Megan Hunter's story from the Bates Turkey Farm which shares much of the history on how the farm got started.
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