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Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home

4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR

OBITUARY

Robert Wayne Bates

January 11, 1949May 16, 2020

Robert Wayne Bates, 71, of Van Buren, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020 at his home. He was born January 11, 1949 in Booneville, MS to the late George and Mary Bates. He had worked for Federal Coach, and was preceded in death by three brothers, Clovis Bates, Billy Thompson, and Danial Thompson.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah of the home; a daughter, Tina Webb of Fort Smith; a son, Jason Bates of Florida; three stepsons, Larry Helm of Tulsa, and Michael Ceola and Thomas Ceola, both of Van Buren; a sister, Lynda Hernandez of Altus; two brothers, Willy Bates of Altus, and Charlie Thompson of Booneville, MS; and nine grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Dripping Springs Cemetery, under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren, AR.

Pallbearers will be James Shipley, Jared Small, Daniel Varnett, Thomas Ceola, Michael Ceola, and Jason Bates. Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Hutchins and Ivan Ceola.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

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