Carolyn Sue Bates-Johnson, of Thornton, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Groesbeck LTC, at the age of 73. Funeral services were held on Friday, July 8, 2016 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Richard Williams and Bro. Cliff Fox of the Church of Christ of Groesbeck, and Chaplain Jon Honea officiating. Burial followed at Cobb Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Bates, Dustin Bates, John Favors, Mike German, Chad German, and Jake German. Sue was born October 27, 1942 to Roy and Helen (Nettles) Bates in Thornton. She graduated from Thornton High School in 1961, and from Waco Cosmetology School. She worked all her adult life in beauty shops in Waco, Mart, and Groesbeck, and lived most of her adult life in Thornton. Her life revolved around her son Barry and her family, and her work and customers. Sue was preceded in death by her brother, Gerald Glenn Bates; parents, Roy and Helen Bates and son, Barry Glenn Johnson (in 2015.) Sue is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Rand & Linda Bates of Groesbeck; niece, Sonya and Mike German; nephew, Ronnie and Sandra Bates; great-niece, Kassie Bates; great-nephews, Dustin Bates, Chad German, and Jake German all of Groesbeck; and other extended family.