Mrs. Joan Deretta Bates, age 61, of Canton, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Memorial Services will be held 4:00 p.m. Saturday from the Chapel of the Darby Funeral Home. Rev. Fredrick Forsh will officiate. Family will receive friends 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday. Survivors, brothers and sister-in-law, Donze & Jacqueline Bates, Canton, GA, Dwight Bates, Canton, James Strickland, and Cary Strickland; sister, Fran Bates, Canton; special aunt, Forene Bates, Canton. Caring staff of Darby Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.