Jack C. Bates, 86, of Star City, died January 31, 2014 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

He was a retired heavy equipment operator and associate pastor at Overcoming Faith Worship Center. He was ordained in 1959 with an Associated Brotherhood of Christians. He also served in WWII.

Mr. Bates was born May 4, 1927 at Gillett and was the son of the late John Matthew and Mora Tinney Bates.

He was also preceded in death he is preceded in death by his first wife, Johnnie Futrell Bates; son-in-law, Ron Pevey and sister, Billie West.

Survivors include his wife, Eve Bates of Star City; two sons, Howard Robinson and Alton (Onigail) Robinson of Star City; three daughters, Sharon Pevey of Woodlawn, Karen (Robert) Broach of Pine Bluff and Angie (Marty) Hall of Little Rock; three sisters, Bonnie Wilbanks, Barbara Manard and Betty Fuhrman, all of Gillett; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and four great great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held February 2 at 2 p.m. at Overcoming Faith Worship Center with Bro. Don Borland officiating. Burial at Broach Cemetery near Kingsland (Cleveland County).

Pallbearers are Alton Robinson, Ricky Harrington, Matt Harrison, Weldon Wynn, Lee Broach, Darek Pennington, Kenny Stiltner and Marty Hall. Honorary pallbearers are Andy Shreiner, Leon Wynn, Loyd Owen, Robert Broach, Donny Wilbanks, Steve Pennington and Buzzy Manard.

Visitation will be at Griffin Funeral Home in Star City on February 1 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City.