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Richard "Dickie" Harry Bates
October 2, 1926 ~ August 19, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Richard “Dickie” Bates, 96, of Crossett passed away on August 19, 2023. He was born on October 2, 1926, in Hamburg, Arkansas and was a 1944 graduate of Hamburg High School.
Known to be a peacemaker, Dickie was a man of faith and remarkable character, and his life journey was a testament to the values of service, faith, and community. A true patriot, Dickie served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War Conflict while stationed in Germany.
Professionally, he devoted 32 years of his life to the Georgia Pacific Tissue Mill, working as a pulp tester, eventually retiring, and leaving behind a legacy of strong work ethics and commitment.
Beyond his professional achievements, Richard enjoyed various hobbies. He had a green thumb and enjoyed growing beautiful vegetable gardens that always thrived under his care. He also enjoyed the tranquility of fishing, and hunting which allowed him to connect with nature and share memorable moments with loved ones. His storytelling skills were legendary, and his anecdotes were a source of entertainment and inspiration to all who had the privilege of listening.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Arthur and Dora Dingler Bates, and his wife of sixty-four years, Sylvia Annette Hill Bates.
He leaves behind his two daughters, Sereta Sims, and Marolyn Bates; three grandchildren, Richard Sims, Katie Davis, and Cecelia Burchell; and five great-grandchildren, Kane, Kaden, Hudson, Cora, and Stella all of Crossett; along with a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
A Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 21st, at the Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett.
Richard will be privately laid to rest next to his sweetheart, Annette, in the Zion Cemetery in Hamburg, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.