Oliver Eugene “Gene” Yates, Sr., 76, of McGehee, formerly of Watson, passed away on July 25, 2018.

He was born on February 13, 1942 in Watson and was the son of the late Willie Yates and Lydia Rowe Yates. His parents and daughter, Alisha Yates, preceded him death.

Mr. Yates was a member of Watson Baptist Church and a former employee of Levi Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Survivors are his son Oliver Eugene Yates, Jr. of McGehee; daughter, Mary Crossley of Tillar; two brothers, Paul Yates of North Little Rock and Curtis Yates of Sacramento, California; a sister, Maxine Burnette of McGehee; and two grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 28 at 2 p.m. at Watson Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Starnes and Rev. Ben White officiating. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home.


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