Jerel Dean Shumake Bates, 82, of Star City died on January 27, 2016.
She was a member of Star City Church of Christ and was an inspector for School Apparel, Inc. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, She was also a caring friend and enjoyed surprising people with various treats. She loved nothing more than to help and bring joy to those in need.
Mrs. Bates was born on July 5, 1933 in Lincoln County and was the daughter of the late Henry F. and Inez Holloway Shumake.
Also preceding her in death were her husband, Herman Edward Bates; a brother, Henry Shumake, Jr.; and two sisters, Esterline Gill and Sallie Gillespie.
Survivors include a son, Billy (Jeanie) Bates of Star City; a daughter, Judy (Richard) Manning of Pine Bluff; three grandchildren, Julie Manning (Forrest) Johnson of Natchez, Mississippi, Ashley Bates (Kevin) Hawkins of Star City and Molly Manning of Pine Bluff; three great-grandchildren, Maggie Claire Bates Hawkins, Kooper Bates Hawkins and Mary Blair Johnson; and her caregiver, Wanda VanDuren.
Funeral services will be held on January 29 at 2 p,m. at Griffin Funeral Chapel with Bro. Melvin Baxter officiating. Visitation is January 28 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Leek Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Newell Gill, Jerry Shumake, Jimmy Powell, Kenny Gillespie, Greg Gillespie, Olen Bates and Roger Bates. Honorary pallbearers are Thomas Bates, Keith Bates, Jerry Bates, Terry Bates, Gene Kimbrell and Ron Bates.
Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City