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“I'm so sorry for your loss. May God wrap His arms of comfort around you during this sad time. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Brenda Coleman - Friend

“Diane and family, you have my most sincere condolences. I'm truly so sorry for this great loss. God bless you all. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Donna Ashcraft - Banks, AR

“Heaven gained another Angel. Prayers & Thoughts are with the Family. Charlene will be missed. Really liked her the short time I got to know her when...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Betty Still - Bearden, AR

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Nealya Van & Allen G. Watson - AR

“Our deepest condolences to the family of Charlene Bates. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Charles & Cathie Davis - Hampton, AR


Charlene Bates, 71, of Harrell died Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden. She was born February 20, 1946 in Calhoun County, Arkansas. She was a caregiver and a member of First Assembly of God Church in Hampton. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mett Edward Williams and Grace Karriker Williams; three brothers, Jerry Williams, John Henry Williams, Marcus Williams; one sister, Sallie Oliver; and one great grandson, Hayden Haynes. She is survived by one son, Wayne (Kristie) Bates of Harrell; three daughters, Lori (Stevie) Ellis of Hampton, Angie (Jimmy) Pennington of Hampton, Diane (Benji) Franklin of Banks; one brother, Hershel (Margie) Williams of Harrell; four sisters, Beulah Helmick of Edmonds, WA, Joyce Bailey of Shreveport, LA, Jean (Don) Lunsford of Eudora, Betty Williams of Everett, WA; eleven grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. Visitation will be Thursday 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at First Assembly of God Church in Hampton. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Friday at First Assembly of God Church with Rev. Rickey Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Union Grove Cemetery near Hampton. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce/Hampton. To sign the online register visit

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