Hattie Mae Bates Reynolds, 99, of Jerome died on April 26, 2020.
Mrs. Reynolds was a native of Ashley County and a resident of Jerome for the past 68 years.
She was a homemaker and cake decorator and a member of the Jerome Baptist Church, where she served as the church clerk and a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was active with the Chicot County 4-H Club and the Chicot County Extension Homemakers Council. In her free time, Mrs. Reynolds enjoyed working in her yard and her garden. Family was very important to her, she loved get-togethers and spending time with her family.
Just 11 days after she turned 13, her life was changed forever. In the event of her mother’s death, she had suddenly become the mother figure to five younger siblings, two boys and three girls, with the youngest being only two years old. She also had three older brothers, and it can be said that she “mothered” them too.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Brad Reynolds in 2007; her parents, Earnest Allen and Florence Dingler Bates; a sister, Sally Mae Bates Battle; and four brothers, Elvin Bates, Alvin “Hoot” Bates, Marion Bates and Gerald Bates.
She is survived by four sons, David Reynolds and wife, Debra, of Johnson City, Tennessee, Lamar Reynolds and wife, Jane, of Houston, Texas, Glenn Reynolds and wife, Patricia, of Jerome, and Daniel Reynolds and wife, Sandra, of Starkville, Mississippi; a brother, T.R. Bates of Monticello; two sisters, Cattie Mae Lemley of Dermott and Louise Robinson of Cabot; eight grandchildren, Dave Reynolds, Julie Griffin, Jonathan Reynolds, Jennifer Baker, Leah Jo Reynolds, Ben Reynolds, Zack Reynolds and Hanna Fradette; 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and a host of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, April 29, at 2 p.m. at the Trafalgar Cemetery with Bro. Larry Donaldson and Bro. Tommy Boles officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 1:45 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers are Dave Reynolds, Ben Reynolds, Tyler Reynolds, Jonathan Reynolds, Zack Reynolds, Beau Reynolds, Gary Matthews, Johnny Matthews, Donald Lemley, Jerry Bates, Dale Bates, Shawn Bates, Junior Hollinger, Jimmy Bates, Tim Robinson, Greg Robinson and Kenny Robinson.
Memorials may be made to the Trafalgar Cemetery Association, c/o Ben Lawrence, 859 Ashley Road 105, Montrose, AR 71658.