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Wade Schley Bates obituary | The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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While returning during the flight from Wisconsin, Wade Schley Bates, 58, of West Fork, Ark., ascended into heaven on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 in Hartsburg, Mo. He was born on April 1, 1966 in Houston, Texas, the son of John Lloyd Bates and Betty Jean (Lewis) Bates. Wade shared his salvation with many and proclaimed that Christ was the only way to heaven. The family are faithful members of Cross Church, Fayetteville, Ark. Wade was a Nascar and sports fanatic. For years he designed, built and raced his custom cars. He raced at Thunder Valley, Tri-State, West Siloam Springs and many others. In his next career, he embraced the challenges of becoming a truck driver owner/operator. He also worked for some time at Memco and Latco. Wade diligently enjoyed his latest exciting profession as a Fleet Service Manager and private pilot for Thomson Enterprises. Wade’s idea for his first date with Sonia was to rent a Cessna and fly around the Houston area, resulting in their fun in 29 years of marriage. During their travels, they enjoyed journeys built around adventure. Wade was Angelica’s biggest sports fan and always challenged her to be as good as him. Wade was preceded in death by his father, John L. Bates; and siblings, Anthony Alexander, Randy Bates, Tonya Bates and Robert J. Bates (Robby). He is survived by his wife, Sonia Bates; daughter, Angelica Bates, of the home; mother, Betty Jean Alexander, of Fayetteville, Ark.; and a sister, Tracie Saulsbury, of Beaumont, Texas. He is loved and will be missed by his nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. A visitation will be held on Monday, April 22 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Cross Church in Fayetteville with the service beginning at 2:00 PM; Pastor Jonathon Beasley takes the lead. Burial will be in Baptist Ford Cemetery in Greenland, Ark. Pallbearers honoring Wade’s memory include David King, Jared Thomson, JC Mattingly, Shane Carey, Mark Bartlett and Kelly Holiday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Compassion 479, located at 3157 West Sunset Avenue, Springdale, Ark., 72762. To sign the online guestbook, please visit: www.bernafuneralhomes.com.

Published on April 21, 2024