We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Milton Funeral Home
Mr. Darnell Bates "Doobbie" was born March 30, 1954 in Rhine, Georgia to the Late Lorenzo Bates and Ruby Galloway. Darnell was reared and nurtured by his loving and devoted father, the Late Henry Duval Pope Sr. Mr. Bates was a very fun and loving person who knew no strangers. He enlisted in the United Sates Army in 1972 where he served until 1982. Darnell was preceded in death by his father, Lorenzo Bates; step-father, Henry Duval Pope Sr.; his wife, Helen Parker Bates; and brother, Ardis Lee Pope Sr.. Mr. Bates entered into his eternal rest on Friday, July 22, 2022 at Advent Health, Tampa, Florida. He is survived by his loving and devoted children: Karolyn R. Banks and husband, Larry J. Banks, Shybra Parker, Shay King and Phillip Parker Sr.; grandchildren, Laryssa M. Banks, Larry K. Banks, Ka'Darrion Parker, Phillip Parker Jr., KaMoni Parker, Kamryn Parker, Kendall King, Jr., Myah King and Tyja Beans; his loving and devoted mother, Ruby A. Pope; his siblings, Henry D. Pope Jr. and wife, Deloris, Yvonne Davis and Dorothy Stewart and husband, John; god sister, Debra Creer; aunt, Lillian Clemons; a special adopted family, the Missouri family; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing relatives and friends.
*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have implemented necessary procedures during Visitations, Funeral Ceremonies, Gravesides, and other public and private ceremonies. We do ask that all visitors of these services to please continue to wear your masks and please remember to social distance. These new policies may be inconvenient, but due to the severity of the virus, we ask that everyone be considerate, patient, and safe with others as we try to get through this most difficult time. Seating during services may be limited so please be considerate of the immediate family especially.
*If you are attending a Graveside service or an Outdoor Celebration you are welcomed to bring your own chair as seating will be limited! We will provide water to make everyone as comfortable as possible. We thank you in advance for your cooperation during this time. We pray that everyone stays safe and cooperative with the current CDC rules.