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William E. BATES

Rogers City (Rogers) Cemetery
Benton County,

James 1876 - 1932

Benton County Herald
Thursday, September 29, 1932

BATES, J.F.E. - A number of Bentonville friends attended at Rogers Saturday morning the funeral of the Rev. J.F.E. Bates, a former pastor of Central Methodist Church at Rogers, who was well known here in Bentonville, the former home of his wife, who before her marriage was Miss Ora Torbett. Mr. Bates died suddenly Thursday afternoon at Sikeston, Mo. where he was serving as pastor. Some 20 or 25 years ago, at the time the Central Methodist Church building was constructed at Rogers, the Rev. Bates was pastor of that congregation and is well remembered throughout this section. The funeral services were held for him at his former Rogers church Saturday morning, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. Ben C. Few and the Rev. W.M. Sherman of Fayetteville, assisted by two ministers from Sikeston, Mo. who accompanied the funeral party to Rogers. Interment was in the Rogers cemetery where a son, killed several years ago with a number of other young people in a West Plains, Mo. explosion, was buried two years ago after having first been placed in the Bentonville Mausoleum and later interred in the Torbett lot here. Besides his wife the Rev. Bates is survived by one daughter by a former marriage, Miss Mary Lou Bates, and by one son, William Bates. He was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Kate Hagler, E.C. Torbett, D.H. Torbett and J.D. Torbett, of near Avoca and Rogers, and Attorney Eugene Torbett of Fort Smith, all of whom are formerly of Bentonville.

Ora 1872 - 1935

John 1909 - 1928

Benton County Herald
Thursday, April 19, 1928

John Bates, son of Rev. J.F.E. Bates of West Plains, Mo., was killed in an explosion which wrecked a crowded hall at West Plains Friday night. The boy's father is a former member of the NW Arkansas Conference and has served as pastor of a number of Methodist churches in the state. His mother was formerly Miss Ora Torbett, the daughter of the late Rev. J.H. Torbett of Bentonville. The body was brought to Bentonville where interment was made in the city cemetery Sunday. Mo Ashley, son of J.D. Ashley who formerly lived in Bentonville, was also in the building when the explosion occurred. He had been visiting in Kansas City and had just returned to West Plains where it was reported he was soon to be married to a young lady who was killed in the accident. Mo was blown out of a window into the street below but escaped serious injury.

Rogers Democrat
Thursday, April 19, 1928

Funeral services were held in Rogers Sunday for John Bates, age 18 years, who was killed in the explosion in West Plains, Mo. Friday night. He was laid to rest in the City Cemetery here Sunday afternoon beside the body of his grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. J.H. Torbett, who died here many years ago. The funeral services, which were held in the Central M.E. church, were conducted by the Rev. H.E. Ryan, presiding elder of the Plainview district of Missouri, assisted by Rev. J.W. Womack of Rogers and Rev. W.T. Thompson of Bentonville. John Bates was born in Rogers and was the son of Rev. J.F.E. Bates, a former pastor of the Central M.E. church in Rogers which was built during his pastorate. His mother, Mrs. Ora Bates, was the daughter of Rev. J.H. Torbett. She was at the home of her brother, Don Torbett, near Avoca when the accident happened and was so overcome by the shock that she was unable to attend the funeral.

Rogers Daily News
Friday, March 28, 1930

BATES, John F.E. - The body of John F.E. Bates, son of the Rev. J.F.E. Bates, who was killed in an explosion which wrecked a garage and dance hall at West Plains, Mo. April 13, 1928, has been disinterred from the Bentonville cemetery and removed to the family plot in the Rogers cemetery. Young Bates, who was born while his father was pastor of the Central Methodist church here, was buried in the Bentonville cemetery on Sunday following the explosion in which a number of other people lost their lives. The Rev. Mr. Bates now is a resident of St. Louis. Transfer of the body was in charge of the J.W. Bryant Undertaking company of Rogers.

Mary 1901 1989

William 1908 - 1983

Contributed on 1/3/09 by wfields55
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