John Willis Bates

3 October 1926–25 December 1988 (Age 62)
Coweta, Wagoner, Oklahoma, United States

The Life of John Willis

When John Willis Bates was born on 3 October 1926, in Coweta, Wagoner, Oklahoma, United States, his father, Jasper Willis Bates, was 20 and his mother, Florence Lula Harp, was 22. He married ? on 19 March 1946. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Wagoner, Oklahoma, United States in 1930 and Shahan Township, Wagoner, Oklahoma, United States for about 5 years. He died on 25 December 1988, in Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Vernon Cemetery, Vernon, McIntosh, Oklahoma, United States.

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John Willis Bates
Marriage: 19 March 1946
Jodi Gayle Bates

Spouse and Children

19 March 1946


    Jodi Gayle Bates


Parents and Siblings

    Jasper Willis Bates


    Florence Lula Harp




World Events (8)


Age 1

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1941 · Comanche Code Talkers

Age 15

Many Native Americans from Oklahoma were once again employed as code talkers during WWII to create a code impenetrable by enemies. Rather than Choctaw, a Comanche-language code was developed. Several of these men were sent to invade Normandy to send messages. None of the men were killed and the Comanche code was never broken. 
1943 · Oklahoma is Home to Thousands of POW's

Age 17

Oklahoma was home to 22,000 German and Italian prisoners of war. The prisoners were sent to work on farms and ranches to continue the production work as many American men were off at war. 

Name Meaning

1 English: patronymic from Bate ( see Bartholomew ).2 Americanized form of German Betz . See also Betts .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Willis Bates in household of Jack Bates, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Johnnie W Bates in household of Jasper W Bates, "United States Census, 1930"
  • John Willis Bates, "Oklahoma, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

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