Lilur Mae Bates

Lilur Mae Bates of Riverhead died Sept. 4 at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. She was 96. 

She was born Oct. 14, 1918, in Jackson, N.C. to Emma (Halliman) and Ben Sykes.

Ms. Bates worked as a nurse’s assistant.

Predeceased by her sisters Carrie Boone, Josie Clark and Esther Allen and her brothers, Gilroy, Bennie and George Sykes, Ms. Bates is survived by her daughters, Emma Funn and Aramentis Brown of Riverhead; her sisters Margie Hargrove of Maryland and Naomie Tillman of Georgia; and many grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors Friday, Sept. 11, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Galilee Church of God in Christ in Riverhead, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., officiated by the Rev. Roy and Mother Pennon. Interment will take place at Riverhead Cemetery.