Lula (Lou) Louise West Bates

Lula (Lou) Louise West Bates, 88, of Norfolk, VA passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 in Tiffin, Ohio where she lived with her sister, Telka Carroll, for the past 3 years.

Now in the arms of her Lord, she joins her parents, Charles R. and Florence L. West, her husband, Marion F. Bates and her son, James T. Byrum, Jr., her brothers, Charles R. West, Jr. and Herbert West.

Left to cherish memories are her three loving daughters; Constance L. Brantley and Marian L. Bates of Engelhard, NC and Debrah H. Smith of Charles City, VA, her beloved best friend and sister, Telka Carroll of Tiffin; seven grandchildren; Robert A. Smith, Jr., Crystal R. Florakis, William D. Stump and Franklin C. Stump, Jeremy S. Barfield, Daniel P. Barfield and April H. Privett and fourteen great-children; eight nieces and nephews all of whom she greatly loved.

She lived the majority of her life in Norfolk, VA. Lou was a light in the life of anyone who met her. Her love for the Lord was evidenced by her well-worn Bible and in the way she lived her life. She loved a good joke and had an infectious laugh. Her heart was so big that if you had a need, she tried to meet that need. She had a real zest for life.

She was not a leader, but guided many to what was important in life. She was not a teacher, but you were never with her without learning from her. She was not a minister, but in her you could see the very heart of God. She was “Lou”, “Batesy”, “Sissy”, mom and “Lula Belle”. But most of all she was loved!

Funeral services for Lula will be held 11 a.m., Monday, at Engle-Shook Funeral Home & Crematory in Tiffin. Visitation for family and friends will 10-11 a.m., at the funeral home prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to H-E-A-R-T. Online condolences may be left for the family at