Obituary: Vonda Lambert Bates


Vonda Lambert Bates, known as Maw Maw by most, passed away on Feb. 16, 2024, at the age of 86. Ms. Bates was born in Cullman County, Alabama, on Nov. 13, 1937, to Vester John and Nellie Estes Lambert.

Vonda was a homemaker who enjoyed crafting and sewing. She loved her boys, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and her sweet and gentle spirit will be missed greatly.

Ms. Bates is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Bates; son, Eddie Dewayne Bates; brothers, Clinon Lambert and Donald Lambert.

Vonda is survived by two sons, Danny Bates (LeeAnn), David Bates; sister, Carol May; grandchildren, Johnathan, Brent, Corey, Brody, Brashell; great-grandchildren, Aurora, Lenni Jane, Saylor, Stella, Sterling, Ava, Logan, Maverick, Nolan, Tristan; and caregiver Sherrilyn Faulkner. 

Funeral services for Ms. Vonda will be held at 2 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, in the Holly Pond Funeral Home Chapel, Keith Whitley officiating. A time of visitation will be held prior to services, beginning at 12 noon. Ms. Bates will be buried alongside her husband in Baileyton Cemetery.

The Bates family would like to extend their gratitude to Gentiva Hospice and its extraordinary staff for the unconditional love and care shown to Ms. Vonda and her family in her final days. 

Holly Pond Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bates family.