GIL AND KELLY JO BATES
ANNIVERSARY: DECEMBER 19, 1987
KELLY JO’S BIRTHDAY
Gil & Kelly Jo met at Anderson University (which used to be Anderson Jr College) in Anderson, SC. They served on a ministry team together and Kelly Jo was also the lab assistant for Gil’s chemistry class. Gil conveniently needed some tutoring for that class, and there was more chemistry in the air than in the books! They both transferred to Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, TN, where Gil proposed to Kelly. After 27 years of marriage, they have had 19 wonderful kids and 4 miscarried babies waiting to meet them in Heaven, and they have enjoyed the most blessed life anyone could imagine having! Gil currently pastors Bible Baptist Church of East Tennessee and owns a family tree company called Bates Tree Service.
Gil & Kelly thought they would only have two kids at the most, and only after about 5 years of marriage!
Gil won the 1983 SC State Championship and was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler
Gil’s favorite verse: 1 Corinthians 15:58
Kelly’s favorite food: Japanese
Gil’s favorite movie: Flywheel
Kelly’s favorite way to handle stress: hum hymns softly
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