Richard Jerome Bates

Richard Jerome “Ricky” Bates, 72, of Rye, passed away on April 27, 2020, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.

He was born on June 14, 1947, in Lonoke to the late Clarence Richard Bates and Vester Simmons Bates.

Mr. Bates was a retired heavy equipment operator with Georgia Pacific in Crossett and a member of the Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy Bates and Roy Bates; and two sisters, Carolyn Avery and Debra Funderburg.

Survivors include his wife, Linda McClure Bates of Rye; a son, Richard Jay Bates and wife Jennifer of Monticello; two daughters, Jana White and husband Ben of Monticello and Jennifer Bates of Rye; nine grandchildren, Chase and wife Peyton, Hannah, Brianna, Anna, Jaci, Alexis, Samuel, Mary and Ricki; one brother, William Keith Bates and wife Lynn of Warren; two sisters, Patsy Thomas and husband Forrest of Pine Bluff and Lois Lytle of Monticello; and his beloved pet, Bo.

A private family graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 29, at 3 p.m. at the Centerpoint Cemetery with Paul Mowrer officiating.