Lorena Sanderlin Gates

Lorena Sanderlin Gates, 82, of Monticello, passed away on May 4, 2018 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

She was born on November 5, 1935 in Drew County and was the daughter of the late D. C. Sanderlin and Willie Lee Shelton Sanderlin.

Mrs. Gates was the widow of J. E. Gates, a retired teacher and librarian and was a very faithful member of First Baptist Church. She was a member of Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and a member of Delta Kappa Gama Sorority.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Gates was also preceded in death by five brothers, Eugene Sanderlin, John Sanderlin, Jr., Bo Sanderlin, Billy Sanderlin and Howard Sanderlin; one sister, Laverne Rickman; a son-in-law, Aaron Stallman; and a step-daughter, Billye Garrett.

Survivors include a son, Gene Gates and wife Amanda of Fayetteville; a daughter, Jayme Stallman of Benton; two brothers, D. C. “Pete” Sanderlin of Ypsilanti, Michigan and Jimmy Sanderlin of Monroe, Louisiana; a sister, LaNell McKiever of Monticello; six grandchildren, Madelynn Gates and fiancé Elliott Collins, and Jay Kent Gates, all of Fayetteville, Klara Stallman and AJ Stallman both of Benton, Gates Self and fiancée Katie Smith of Houston, Texas and Walker Self and wife Christina of Dallas, Texas; and one step daughter, Glenda Self of Houston, Texas.

Visitation will be held on Monday, May 7 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Monticello with burial to follow in Union Ridge Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to:

First Baptist Church-Youth Program, 413 N. Main, Monticello, AR 71655, or the Monticello Library, 114 W. Jefferson, Monticello, AR 71655.