Steven Ross Bates, 60, of Mount Ida passed away Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at a local hospital. He was happily enjoying retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roger Joe and Dolores (Bodan) Bates; one daughter, Christy Bates; and one brother, Mike Lester.

He is survived by his wife, Freda Bates of Mount Ida; one son, Rodger Bates; two stepdaughters, Dawn Bly and Lora Brashear; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one niece, Michelle Newberry; and one nephew, Jeremy Lester.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Gill Cemetery Arbor in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Bill Cox, Rodger Bates, Mitchell Bates, Ken Newberry, Jeremy Lester and Derek Hackney.

Family will visit with relatives and friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Ocker Funeral Home, 700 Jefferson St., Van Buren.

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