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.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com