Four Way owner Jo Ellen Bates’ influence evident in South Memphis

By Published: June 16, 2019 6:07 PM CT
<strong>&ldquo;She was a mother to all, not just her own,&rdquo; Patrice Bates Thompson said of her mother, Jo Ellen Bates. Mrs. Bates, a retired Memphis City Schools teacher and matriarch of the popular South Memphis eatery The Four Way, died Sunday at age 74.</strong> (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian file)

“She was a mother to all, not just her own,” Patrice Bates Thompson said of her mother, Jo Ellen Bates. Mrs. Bates, a retired Memphis City Schools teacher and matriarch of the popular South Memphis eatery The Four Way, died Sunday at age 74. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian file)

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Elle Perry

Elle Perry covers Hickory Hill, Orange Mound, South Memphis and Whitehaven for The Daily Memphian. The Memphis native and two-time University of Memphis graduate has written for publications including The Memphis Business Journal, Memphis Flyer and High Ground News, and previously served as coordinator of The Teen Appeal.

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