Somerset, KY Obituaries. Preserving Their Memory.

Joyce Roop Bates

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 10 A.M.

Joyce Roop Bates, age 86, of Somerset, Kentucky passed from this life on Friday, June 16, 2023.

She was born on June 27, 1936 to the late David “Dave” Roop and Merlin Syck Roop in Zebulon Community of Pike County, Kentucky.

She was a member of Denham Street Baptist Church. She loved playing cards, listening to Bluegrass Gospel music, attending church, reading her Bible and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lester Bates, brothers, Tommy, Jessie, Harold, Bobby Dean and David Jr. Roop, sister, Jean Meade, grandson, Jeffery David Bates, sisters-in-law, Barb and Loretta Roop.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her son, Lester Bates Jr. (Joyce) of Cincinnati, OH; daughter, Kathy Lynn Scott (Bobby) of Somerset, Ky; brother, Billy Roop (Sue) of Prestonsburg, Ky; sister-in law, Mary Roop of GA; grandchildren, Leslie Bates, Kevin Hall; along with 11 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 10 A.M. in the Chapel of the Southern Oaks Funeral Home with a funeral service to begin at 1 P.M. with Bro. Doug Walden and Bro. Moses Frasure officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Joyce Roop Bates.

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