Billie Fern Bates Perez, 79, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at her home in Dover.
A daughter of Robert and Anna Mae Ross Bates, she was born September 22, 1936, in Dover. Billie was a member of the Pleasant Grove Assembly of God at Dover. She enjoyed quilting with her sisters in the church, fishing, camping and spending time with family. Billie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mickey Perez; a brother, Eugene Bates; and three sisters, Willa Dean Bates, Vera Mae Begeman and Jerlene Majorwitz.
Survivors include three daughters, Flora Harrison & husband William of Dover, Lucinda Carnicle & Larry Bower of Leslie, and Linda Nichols & husband Ernie of Lamar; six grandchildren, Rebecca Sitzes & husband Wayne of Greenbrier, George Carnicle of Dover, Allen Carnicle & wife Natalie of Elko, NV, Audrey Tate & husband Cully of Oark, Erica Edwards & husband Charles of Atkins, Adam Eugene Nichols of Elko, NV; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Bates of Dover and Dennis W. Bates and wife Kay of Dover; a sister, Mary Gottsponer of Dover; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00AM, Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Pleasant Grove Assembly of God with the Rev. Tony Busby officiating. Burial will be at Owens Cemetery at Dover by Humphrey Funeral Service.
Visitation will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Friday, at the funeral home.
Active pallbearers will be George and Allen Carnicle, Adam Nichols, Wayne Sitzes, Charles Edwards, Dennis Lee Bates and Charles Wellman. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Bates, Dennis Wayne Bates and Benny Hampton.
88 Old Hwy 7
Dover, AR, 72837
FEB 5. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Humphrey Funeral Service, Inc.
2801 West Main St.
RUSSELLVILLE, AR, US, 72801
FEB 6. 10:00 AM
Pleasant Grove Assembly of God
14964 Arkansas 7
Dover, AR, US, 72837