Billy Don Bates

Billy Don Bates, 68, of Star City, passed away February 20, 2022 at his home.

He was born February 15, 1954 in Pine Bluff to the late Herman and Jerel Dean Shumake Bates.

Mr. Bates was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Star City and was the owner and operator of Quality Truss. He loved to fish, duck hunt, pheasant hunt, travel with their closest friends and anything that involved his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy. He loved his church family and spending time with his family and spoiling them. His favorite saying was “Never had it so good.”

Survivors include his wife, Jeanie Jacks Bates of Star City; daughter, Ashley Bates (Kevin) Hawkinsl of Star City; sister, Judy (Richard) Manning of Pine Bluff; two grandchildren, Maggie Claire Bates Hawkins and Kooper Bates Hawkins; two nieces, Julie (Forrest) Johnson and Molly (Ian) Robertson; one great niece, Mary Blair, all of Natchez, Mississippi; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews of the Jacks family.

Visitation will be held Thursday, February 24 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 25, at 10 a.m. at Southside Baptist Church with Bro. Jarrod Pettit and Bro. Jackie Richardson officiating. Burial will be at Leek Cemetery.

Pallbearers are David Stover, Jeff Monk, Tony Branch, Dana Small, Mike McCall, Jimmy McCoskey, Kenny Moran, and Danny Cole.

Memorials may be made to the Leek/Drake Cemetery Association, PO Box 364, Star City, AR 71667 or Southside Faith Promise Missions, PO Box 545, Star City, AR 71667.

Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City