Obituary Details

Robert Jim Emerson Bates

October 18, 1956 - June 23, 2014

Birthplace & Residence

Information withheld per family request

Visitation

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Friday, June 27, 2014
Time:
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Memorial Service

Location:
Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
Date:
Friday, June 27, 2014
Service Time:
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Cemetery

Information withheld per family request

Notes

Robert Jim Emerson Bates died June 23, 2014 at the age of 57.
Jim was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina; Jim was an Eagle Scout and graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He worked for several prestigious firms in the Washington, D.C. area until 2001 when he returned to Raleigh to help care for his father.

After returning to Raleigh, Jim discovered a passion for volunteering at local community theaters including Theatre in the Park and Raleigh Little Theatre, where he received an Al Wolfheimer Volunteer Award in 2004.

An avid Vegan, Jim worked for twelve years at Whole Foods Market where he made many friends, and pursued a passion for preparing healthy, delicious foods.

Jim loved music, camping, greyhound rescue, spending time in Oriental, NC and making new friends. He never met a stranger. He loved doing magic tricks and told terrible jokes. With Jim you never knew if it was a trick question.

Jim is predeceased by his father, Robert E. Bates and his mother, Helen Burrell Bates.

He is survived by his sister Betsy Bates if Raleigh, NC; his aunts Claire Ellen Burrell of Frederick, MD and Mary Lou Bates Chilcote of Attica, Ohio; cousins Marsha Burrell and Pam Jackson of Frederick, MD, Steve Burrell of Newport News, VA; Jill Carter Knuth of Stanford, CA, Diana Carter Baxter of Tomball, Texas; Mary Margaret Cunningham Brown of Grand Rapids, MI; Rebecca Cunningham O’Brien of Rockford, MI; Nancy Cunningham Grant of Royal Palm Beach, FL; Jess Cunningham of Grand Rapids, MI; Donna Bates Gray of Nashville, IN; Rodney Bates of Lincoln, NE; William Bates of Hilliard, OH; Christopher Bates of Santa Rose, CA; Kathy Bates Miller of Sandusky, OH; Charles Bates of Attica, OH; and Lucy Bates Spencer of Sandusky, OH.

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 3:00pm at Renaissance Funeral Home with a Memorial Service following at 4:00pm.

Donations can be made to Transitions Life Care Hospice of Wake County. 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh NC 27607. Or Greyhound Friends of North Carolina.
Posted by:
Dawn Kairis
Posted on:
June 27, 2019
I didn't know Emerson well, but enjoyed talking with him when he shopped at the spice shop where I used to work. My children were small at the time and absolutely LOVED his special Whole Foods Ranch dressing, more delicious and different than the bottles sold in-store. He sent me the recipe for Christmas in 2012, and I've thought of him every time I've made a batch. I looked him up today to see if, after all these years, I could contact him, and am so sad to find his obituary. He was a special guy and made a difference in so many lives. Silly as it may seem, our whole family's favorite dressing is his carefully-guarded recipe! He won't be forgotten.
Posted by:
Betsy Bates
Posted on:
July 4, 2014
He taught me too, David. When we were at the coast working on the damage from Hurricane Irene, he always seemed to be able to tell when I was getting tired and he's say "Let's play a round of cribbage." Two games was just the right amount of time for me to get my second wind.

Betsy Bates
Posted by:
Robyn Coward
Posted on:
June 30, 2014
My name is Robyn and I am a member of a couple of Raleigh vegan Meetups. "Emerson" which was how he introduced himself, was a wonderful human being. How I will miss him and is always-amazing kale salad. No one could make it quite like him, and he taught me the secret of roasting garlic before using it in salad dressing. My sincerest condolences to the family, Emerson will be greatly missed.
Posted by:
Patricia Cassese
Posted on:
June 27, 2014
I knew Emerson from the vegan meetup group. A few weeks back we both joined a plant-based potluck meetup. When he heard that someone there was from the NY area he immediately asked who could name the five boroughs of New York City and then went on to challenge everyone with more trivia questions. In no time he had everyone eating out of his hand! Even though he only met the people there that one time, he made quite an impression.
He will be sorely missed by everyone who had the opportunity to know him.
Posted by:
David Hahn
Posted on:
June 27, 2014
I met Emerson through the vegetarian meet-up. I always enjoyed his company. He taught me how to play cribbage. Rest in peace.
Posted by:
Sue Andresen
Posted on:
June 27, 2014
I'll miss Emerson's massaged baby kale salad, his card tricks, and his low-key, self effacing manner at the Solterra pot-lucks. Can't believe he won't be walking in the door in July!
Posted by:
Jacobby Jones
Posted on:
June 26, 2014
Lit a candle in memory of Robert Jim Emerson Bates
Posted by:
Dilip Barman
Posted on:
June 26, 2014
I have many fond memories of dear Emerson. He was a regular at Triangle Vegetarian Society events and I know that he was quite regular with meetup groups. He was very approachable, humble, and kind, and, though he had significant wisdom and knowledge of veganism and many other matters, he never used it to diminish others or raise himself above others. I will miss his warm demeanor and gentleness. I share my heartfelt condolences to his family.
Posted by:
Mia Austin-Scoggins
Posted on:
June 26, 2014
Jim (Emerson) and I shared a passion for animal rescue. "Gavin", Jim's wonderful rescued Greyhound, was Jim's heartchild. For years, I rarely saw Jim minus Gavin, and Gavin was never without his doggie bed. When Gavin went further on his Journey, Jim's heart followed his boy.

Now, in the midst of the deep sorrow over Jim's passing, those of us who love him might recall the sweet legend of the "Rainbow Bridge". Pets cross a Bridge of rainbows to the Summerland, where they are healthy and happy, and where they await their beloved human's arrival, at the end of the person's earthly life.

And who can say there was not, early last Monday afternoon, a swift and strong racing grey, incandescent with joy and welcome, running across the Rainbow Bridge to greet his Daddy, and to guide him back across the Bridge, to live forever, together, by the water, in the Land of the Smiling Sky?

Mia Austin-Scoggins
Posted by:
Leslie Pardue
Posted on:
June 26, 2014
I knew Emerson through the vegetarian and vegan meetup group. He was a kind and gentle person who cared about animals and people. Also a great cook. He will be missed by many. My condolences to his friends and family.
Posted by:
Katherine
Posted on:
June 26, 2014
I met Emerson a few years ago at a vegan potluck and it was always a pleasure to see him at Whole Foods. He had some great stories, delicious recipes to share, and was always kind to me. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. May you find comfort in the happy memories you shared. He will be missed.
Posted by:
Beth Levine
Posted on:
June 25, 2014
Emerson will be sorely missed by his local vegan/vegetarian friends! He was a regular, and always came with a smile, jokes (usually bad ones, lol), and always ready to give advice and do a card trick. I will personally miss him very very much!
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Visitation

Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-866-1866
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Memorial Service

Renaissance Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center
7615 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27615
919-866-1866
View Website

Cemetery

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