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John C. Oates

May 29, 2013

John C. Oates, 78, of Benton passed away Friday, May 24 at Saline Memorial Hospital. He was born September 17, 1934 in Lufkin, Texas. John was a retired dental lab tech, a US Air Force Veteran, and a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cue E. Oates and Isca A. Jones Oates.
Survivors include his wife, Melba J. Oates, Benton; daughters and sons-in-law, MellaDeane Evans and her husband Wes, Mascoutah, Illinois; Penny Gail Bass and husband Steven, Benton; sister, Joyce E. Hawk, Lufkin, Texas; four grandchildren, Jennifer Tracy, Rachael Evans, Tyler Bass, Emily Bass, two great-grandchildren, Ava Tracy, Channing Tray.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Macedonia Cemetery in Danville Arkansas. Minister will be Butch Gossage.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at Ashby Funeral Home.
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