Sandra Marie Bates

  • Born: April 5, 1943
  • Died: September 8, 2021
  • Location: Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home

PO Box 2035
2000 N Morrison Blvd
Hammond, LA 70404
Tel. (985) 345-5801

Tribute & Message From The Family

Sandra Marie Bates passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, in Hammond, Louisiana, at the age of 78. She was born on Monday, April 5, 1943 in Independence, Louisiana to the late Viola Trosclair Bowman Berner and the late Albert "Ted" Bowman. She was a resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

Sandra is survived by her husband of 58 years, Charles Bates; children, Carla B. Drury (Steve), William "Billy" Bates, Dawn B. Graves (Mike), and Charles J. "Chucky" Bates (Mara); grandchildren, Heather Perrin, Kacie Burkhalter, Tyler Bates, Colin Bates, Reagan Miller, Jenna Graves, and Kristen Graves; sister, Rita Wall; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Sandra was also preceded in death by her brother, Albert "Ted" Bowman.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Ponchatoula, 100 W. Magnolia Street, Ponchatoula, Louisiana 70454, on Monday, September 13, 2021 beginning at 9:00 AM until the funeral service begins at 1:00 PM.

Interment will follow in Wetmore Cemetery, Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

I was Sandra's great, grandaughter and she was a blessing in disguise. Every time I would go to her house, she would have a meal cooked and served for us. Even if she didn't expect us to come, she would whip up something quick. She was a true southern bell.

Posted by Raegan Burkhalter - Husser, Louisiana, LA - Significant Other   January 10, 2022

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and the family.

Posted by Evelyn Sanders - Hammond, LA - Friend   October 20, 2021

I remember her beautiful smile! There always seemed to be something especially gentle in her heart for others.

Posted by Donna Spears Gray - Keatchie, LA - Friend   September 10, 2021

Please accept our deepest condolences. Y'all have always been family and we love you all. From all the Spears...

Posted by JD Spears - Cameron, NC - Family   September 09, 2021

sandra was one of my best friends in high school and she and charles were sweethearts even back then. I will miss her a lot. My heart goes out to Charles and their family.

Posted by vestaW orourke - Prairieville, LA - Classmate   September 08, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Her husband Charlie Bates has been my idol down on pass Manchac since I was a kid. Many Good memories to cherish. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Gordon Anderson - Hammond   September 08, 2021

I'm so sorry for your lost. Sending prayers for your family.

Posted by Sharon Juhasz - Springfield, LA - Friend   September 08, 2021