Vance D. Bates, 87, of Benton passed away Monday, April 7, 2014, in a local health care facility.
He was of Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, W.I. and Margaret (Charlsie) Hall Bates; children: Gary McPherson, Brenda Clayton and Virgil Laughter and siblings: Ira Bates, Johnny Bates, Doss Collins, Lena Rogers, Edith Bettis, Bee Dunn and Blanche Leatherwood.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Mason Bates; children: Terri Lynn Bates (Tootsie), Vance Darrell Bates (Batesy) and wife, Cathy and Jackie Davis Bates and wife, Vicki; stepchildren: Ellis Laughter and wife, Julie, and Claude Laughter and wife, Ruth; son-in-law, David Clayton.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014, in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Haulk officiating.
Interment will follow in Benton Memorial Gardens, and a white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Bates family guestbook at www.higginsfuneral.com.