Dolores Lee Bates, 86, of Mt. Ida, formerly of Van Buren, passed away Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Mt. Ida. She was retired from Darrell Thomas Manufacturing Co. in Van Buren and a member of Highway 71 Freewill Baptist Church. She was Senior Ms. Arkansas in 2007 and Senior Ms. Crawford County in 2009. She was a member of the Cameo Club and the Red Hat Society in Van Buren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rodger J. Bates, and one son James Lester.
She is survived by one son, Steven R. Bates and his wife Freda of Mt. Ida; one sister, Patricia A. Kholschreibers of Green Valley, Ariz..; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and special friend, Gerald Ray of Alma.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. today at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Gill Cemetery under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Ed Johns, Jody Haralson, Walter Tankersley, Ray Brunt Jr., Jim Rogers, J.D. Van Matre and Joe Guidry.
Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.