Alice S. Bates

Alice S. Bates, 85, of Monticello, died Sunday, September 15, 2013, at her home.

She was born February 12, 1928, in Drew County, the daughter of the late Zed Sawyer and Anna McKay Sawyer.

She was the widow of Gerald Bates Sr., was a retired personnel assistant, including payroll and insurance at UAM, also worked as a secretary for Monticello School District and was a Charter Member of Northside Baptist Church.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Mary Sawyer Robertson and a God-Son, William Green.

Survivors include one son, Gerald Bates Jr. and wife, Victoria, of Monticello; one granddaughter, Mandy Frost Reaves and husband, Ricky, of Monticello; three grandsons, Wayne Bates and wife, Sonya, of Arizona, Dennis Frost Bates and wife, Susan, of Monticello, and Chuck Reaves, of Monticello; eight great grandchildren, Taylor, Samantha, Nova, Gerad, Cora, Morgan, Deanna and Scianna; two great-great grandchildren, Abigale and Jessica; several brothers and sisters-in-laws, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at Campground Cemetery under the direction of Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. 

An online guestbook may be viewed and signed at

The Advance-Monticellonian

Mailing Address:
PO Box 486
Monticello, AR 71657

Street Address:
314 Main Street
Monticello, AR 71655

Phone: 870-367-5325
Fax: 870-367-6612

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