MARBLE FALLS — Services for Dr. Benjamin Clary Bates, 97, of Temple will be 2 p.m. Thursday at The Church of Horseshoe Bay.
Mr. Bates died Friday, Jan. 5, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 14, 1920, to Charles Bristo and Kate Clary Bates in Lewisville. He grew up in several communities in the Dallas area. He graduated North Dallas High School in 1937. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from SMU in 1941. He married Dorothy Ann Blessing. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and joined the Navy Medical Corps as an officer. He did his internship at the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md., starting in 1945. He served as a surgical ward medical officer until December, 1947. He was trained in urology in Wichita Falls Clinic Hospital and completed his residency in December 1950. He began his urological practice in Austin. He founded Austin Urology Associates in 1964 and practiced medicine with that group until his retirement in 1992. He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, former president of the Texas Urology Society, a life member of the Travis County Medical Society, and served twice as president of Seton Hospital Medical Staff. He served a term as chairman of the board of Tarrytown Methodist Church. He was a charter member of both the Headliner’s Club of Austin and Westwood Country Club. He retired to Horseshoe Bay and was a member of The Church at Horseshoe Bay. He later moved to Temple.
He was preceded in death by his wife.
Survivors include his three sons, Bruce Gates of Temple, Ben Bates of Ruidoso and Jarrett Bates of Horseshoe Bay; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Church at Horseshoe Bay, P. O. Box 8295, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657, or to any charity.
Clements Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble Falls is in charge of arrangements.