James Lee Bates, age 80, of Mena, AR, passed away Sunday, November 21, 2021. James was born July 29, 1941 to the late Jodie Bates and Pebble Lunsford Bates of Mena. James was a veteran of the United States Army and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He became the owner of The Chopping Block in 1970, which he later expanded into The Chopping Block Steakhouse restaurant. He retired in 2000, passing the restaurant to his daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and William Rainey.
He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Lee Bates, his brother, Darris Bates, and his sister-in-law, Ethel Fountain. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Patricia Bates, of Mena; his daughter, Lisa Bates, and daughter-in-law, Geri Ayers, both of Las Cruces, NM; his daughter, Sherri Bates Rainey, and son-in-law, William Rainey, both of Mena; his brothers, Gerald Bates of Mena; and Roger Bates of Van Buren.
Visitation with family and friends will be at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Friday, November 26, 2021 between the hours of 5:00 pm-7:00 pm. The funeral service will be Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Timothy J. Henning, Pastor. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be William Rainey, Gerald Bates, Lee Fountain, Mario Malucci, Michael Hunter, and Jeremiah Osborn.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association or Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena, AR.
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