Mearlyn Paulette Bates

August 29, 1947 - July 3, 2024

Mearlyn Paulette Bates Riner, age 76, of Florence, passed away July 3, 2024. Visitation will be Monday, July 8, from 11:00 – 1:00 pm at Williams Funeral Home. The service will start at 1:00 pm with Brother Chris Olive officiating and burial following in Tri-Cities Memorial Garden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Winford D. Riner, Sr.; parents, George and Pauline Bates; brothers, G.W. Bates, Jr., James Bates, and Randy Bates.

Mrs. Riner is survived by her children, son, Jeff Miller (Tina); their children, Jessie Miller, Jenny Whitten (Ande) and great-grandson, Noah Jeffery; daughter, Paula Russell (Chris); and their son, Chandler Bennett; daughter, Marlene Riner; and her sons, Taylor Riner and Haylen Jones; and son, Winford D. Riner, Jr. Additional survivors include siblings, Edward Bates (Patty), Barbara Clemons, Paul Bates, Tommy Bates (Joyce), Connie Meadows, Brenda Marks (Terry); numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mrs. Riner was a custodian at Central High School and a nurse at ECM. She loved her family dearly and will certainly be missed.


July 8, 2024
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Williams Funeral Home 1950 Helton Drive, Florence, AL

July 8, 2024 11:00 am

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July 8, 2024
1:00 pm


Williams Funeral Home 1950 Helton Drive, Florence, AL 35630

July 8, 2024 1:00 pm

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3 Comments on “Mearlyn Paulette Bates Riner”

  1. Prayers foe all of your family. Comfort and strength for the days to come for your friends and family in Jesus name we pray!

  2. Glenda and Gene Moomaw
    Charlotte Moomaw Fish
    Mom said Mearlyn was a sweetheart and she will be missed. She gained her wings same day that Gene lost his sister (Ruby Glover) . We love you all and take care. Her burial same day as Mearlyn.

  3. Mom was the best mother you could ever have. I’m gonna miss you terribly but I know you are in Heaven with your loved ones. Rest in peace and know that I will try my best to become a better person. I will always love you

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