Evans-Brown Mortuary in Sun City, Lake Elsinore and Perris, CA
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James Wayne Bates Jr.

November 10, 2000 ~ May 30, 2019 (age 18)

When I lived in Moreno Valley right off Hemlock, I woke up out my sleep to use the bathroom and there was a huge splash everywhere. That’s when I knew I was going in labor. At the time, my cousin Sarah was staying with me. I called out to her for help saying “I’m going into labor, the baby is coming”. She immediately grabbed my bag that was already packed and we left. I remember that day because we had to make a stop to drop off her son at his dad’s house before then we officially made our way to hospital. The ride was bumpy the whole way there. So bumpy that I thought I was going to have James right there on the spot before we got to the hospital. When we finally arrived at Kaiser right off La Sierra in Riverside, I was in labor for about 4 hours. James came in this world on November 10, 2000 crying and full of life. From the time he arrived which was month early, I knew he was always going to do what he wanted to do on his own terms every day after that. James grew up to be bright young strong black athletic young man who loved for sports such as football and basketball. His favorite team was the 49ers. He absolutely loved without any shadow of doubt his family, his mom, his stepdad Dee, his grandma and his Aunties. He especially loved his cousins Triston and Anthony and most importantly his uncle Marco who got him to love the 49ers, fast cars and motorcycles. James was a young man that did everything his mom asked him to do beginning with receiving his high school diploma, getting his driver license and beginning to work from the time he was 17 with his cousin Aaron who took a chance on my him to give him his 1st job. James was taken away from us to soon but I know God has better things for him and was by his side. I will forever miss him. I know he is in a better place. We will always remember him for his beautiful personality, his willingness to ride out to the mall, go to amusement parks and anywhere else he was asked to go. He was a beautiful person inside and out, mind body and spirit. I will always and forever miss him and love him for the person he meant to me and to this entire family.


If Only the sky could open and his dear little face I could see; Oh what a wonderful feeling I know will come over me. But he is with the angels far from sin in pain where Jesus said “Believe in me, and thou shalt see him again.”

 From Joyce L Mosley


To my best friend, my rock. I'm your rock, your ear to listen when times seem hard. I'll be here as always. My deepest condolences to you Leniece , Mama Joyce, Shawn, and the Bates family. 

My sweet nephew,

I'm so honored to have been able to share all the time GOD has allowed his angel to be with us. 

The moment you were born you gave us an infectious smile, even as you got older you managed to always brighten a dim room. 

You always kept your promises, always looked out for your mom no matter the circumstances. Your love for her regardless the situation was pure and solid that no one could break.

Now we're here and god has chosen to take his angel home. Even so, I'll continue to remind myself those we love as I love you don't go away, they walk beside us every day; unseen and unheard, but always near.

It's never goodbye, it's till next time. I love you, we love you. 

The Jones Fam

Through the good and bad, remember your son is beside you, the gust of cold wind, the sweet whispers, watching over you every second of every minute. 

Lil D your brother is a bird flying high with his beautiful angel wings keeping you safe forever...


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