Obituary: Mary Ellen ‘Doodle’ Bates


Funeral service for Mary Ellen ‘Doodle’ Bates, 56, of Cullman will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 26, 2021 at Cullman Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Bowman’s Chapel Cemetery.  Rev. Delbert Freeman will officiate. Visitation will be Friday at the funeral home from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cullman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Bates passed away Monday, November 22, 2021. She was born March 10, 1965 to Sam and Mary Nell Johns.  She was employed at Cullman Regional Hospital. Mary was a loving wife, daughter and sister. 

She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Herman and Lillian Keese and H.M. and Icie Johns. 

Survivors include her parents; her husband: Terry Bates; son: Nicholas (Lori) Bates; sister: Lola (Greg) Ponder; nieces, nephews, family and friends.