John Henry Bates II, of Hazen, passed away July 13, 2021 at the VA Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas with his family present. John was born October 30, 1961.
He was the son of John Henry Bates and Syble E. Bates. John was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Talbert and Myrtle Bates and Clem and Winnie Moore and several cousins, aunts, and uncles.
He is survived by his sons, John H. Bates III and wife, Kayla and Morgan Lee Bates; his grandchildren, Riley Nicole, Jenden Lynn, Zaden Lee, Jaylen Ann and Haven Faith Bates; his sister, Judy Bates Warren; his nieces, Abby Brown and Katy Saul and three great-nephews, Kenner, Kolton, and Ryder.
John was active in Boy Scouts as a boy and later attended college at SAU Tech in Camden. John joined the Army in 1982. While in the Army he drove and operated the tank, face to face with enemy forces. John was a kind hearted man that loved his family immensely. He liked to hunt and fish and enjoyed his free time on the river. In his final days he spent every day with his grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the Riverfront Park on the Biscoe side of the White River officiated by Mark McMullen. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Clarendon.