Melvin “Sugar” Daniel Bates, Sr. was born on October 14, 1950 in Clinton, OK to Otis and Maggie (Geionety) Bates. He passed away on May 16, 2022 in Oklahoma City, OK at the age of 71. Melvin worked as a butcher in Anadarko. He worked in law enforcement since 1980 working for Watonga, was police chief in Geary and Concho, and worked for the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribe. He enjoyed playing pool. Melvin married Cynthia Upchego Bates and they had three sons. He later married Angelina Hungary and they had five daughters.
Survivors Include: his wife, Angelina Bates of Geary, OK, his children, Waylan Upchego and wife Nikole of Geary, OK, Leslie Sugar Bates, Sr. of Geary, OK, Melvin Daniel Bates, Jr. and wife Marilyn of Watonga, OK, Gari Lynnette Bates and husband Jordan of Geary, OK, Jamie Leah Bates and George of Geary, OK, Geneva Raynell Guzman of OKC,OK, Deanna Gardipee of OKC,OK, and Angeline Odelia Bates of Geary, OK, his grandchildren, Jaycie, Jacks, Randi, Brooklyn, Sonny and wife Chaley, Sugar Bear, Corey, Doxy, Jamie, Maggie, Micah, Lily, Leelan Nana and husband Cameron, Rylan, Isaac, Ally, Merivel, Vivi, Mr. Man, Emilio, DeAngelo, Kaylianne, Gionna, Dredon, his great grandchildren, Isabella, Olivia, McKayla, Sonny, Raven, Dani Michelle, Manny (Little Big Man), as well as nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Maggie Bates, his siblings, Donald Sr., Buddy, Sr., Amos Jr., Oneta, Freddie and Oleta Twobabies, Aline Bates Shakespeare, Otis Bates, Jr., Alice Bates, and Helen Bates Younger.
Wake: Geary Emergency Response Center, Thursday, 6:00 PM, May 19, 2022, Geary, OK
Services: First Baptist Church, Friday, 11:00 AM, May 20, 2022, Geary, OK
Officiating: Rev. Waylan Upchego
Burial: Sunset Cemetery, Geary, OK
Services entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org, turnerfh.net, or you can find us on facebook.com (Turner Funeral Homes).