Delma Lavone Abernathy Bates, age 76 of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in Mena.
She was born July 03, 1938 in Opal, Arkansas to the late Wilburn Abernathy and the late Binom Tollett Abernathy. She was married to Billy Loyd Bates for forty–seven years and worked at Hatfield Public Schools as a custodian. Delma loved many things such as gardening flowers, reading, crochet, spoiling her grandchildren, and loved people in general. She was a loving and dedicated wife with a good sense of humor and loved all kids she encountered at Hatfield School. She was a wonderful and kind wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, and friend to all who knew and loved her. She will be missed dearly.
She is survived by her husband, Billy Bates of the home; daughters, Michelle Tilley of Hatfield, Arkansas, and Lisa Bain and husband Eddie of Hatfield, Arkansas; sons, Michael Little and wife Debbie Little of Hatton, Arkansas, and Billy D Bates and wife Charlie Jo of Vandervoort, Arkansas; eleven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Wilburn and Binom Abernathy, sisters, Lavarne Abernathy, Dorothy Kirk, and daughter, Carol Dixon.
Funeral services will be Monday, September 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Larry Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Big Fork, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Pallbearers will be Jerry James, Daniel James, Doug James, Mike Taylor, Steven Tilley, Tyler Bates, Mac Westmoreland and Danny Rowland.
Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. Steven Forrest.