James B. Gately, age 71, of Benton died Sunday, March 11, 2012, after battling lung cancer for several years.
J.B. was born and raised in Lonoke, where he graduated from high school. He was the son of Sam J. Gately and Lillie Mae Gately, who both preceded him in death. He was also predeceased by a brother, Sidney W. Gately of Earles.
J.B. was a Little Rock Police officer for 13 years and worked for Alcoa at Bauxite in the plant security and fire departments until his retirement in 2004.
He was a member of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church in Little Rock, a U.S. Army veteran, a member of Aluminia Masonic Lodge of Bryant and Congo Masonic Lodge of Benton, and a 32nd-degree Mason.
He is survived by a son, Sammy Gately and wife Melody of Benton; and two daughters, Lana Gately Caddy and husband John of Bryant and Cinda Gately Ehren of Conway; a sister, Winona Connor and husband John of Friendswood, Texas; and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton (501-315-4047) with the Rev. John Caddy officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today, March 12, at the funeral home.
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