Mr. Darryl Maurice Bates, age 58, of Hermitage, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. He was born on August 30, 1961, in Madison, Tennessee, to Joe (J.W.) and Janie Bates. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 20 years, Monica Cooper Bates; his daughter, Angel-Lisa Harris-Bates; his brother, Randall Bates (Zora); his grandchildren, Jalen, Joshua, Aleah, Mayara, and Noelle; his nephews, Giorgio and Austin Bates; his parents-in-law, Lyndia Schomburg and Danny Cooper; his brother-in-law, Jeff Cooper (Mandy); and his beloved pups, Marley and Pearl. Darryl is also survived by a host of extended family and friends by whom he will be dearly missed.

Darryl was a kind hearted, hard working, and gentle person. He was an amazing father and a loyal friend. Every person who ever had the pleasure of meeting Darryl instantly fell in love with him. He had a contagious smile that could light up any room. He was an outdoorsman who loved spending time out in nature and enjoyed kayaking in particular. He loved grilling out, and his family was always thrilled anytime he fired up the grill, and even when he kicked them out of the kitchen while he was making his Top Secret Barbecue Sauce. He was a huge football fan, and absolutely adored the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tennessee Titans, but especially the Chiefs. He was a fan of Jimi Hendrix’s music as well.

A Celebration of Life graveside service was held Monday, June 22, 2020, in Historic Spring Hill Cemetery. Spring Hill Funeral Home was entrusted with the final care of Mr. Bates. Condolences may be left online at