P.O. Box 506, 943 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR71655

Linda Kay McClure Bates
January 23, 1952 - May 19, 2023

Linda Kay McClure Bates

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Linda Kay McClure Bates, age 71, of Monticello, Arkansas passed away May 19, 2023. She was born January 23, 1952, to the late John Dale McClure, Sr., and Eurple Allen McClure. Linda worked for the farm store for many years before her retirement. She was a member of the Monticello Church of Christ. She loved to hunt and was a people person who loved everyone she met. Her greatest love was her dog Bo.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one brother, J.D. McClure, and a widow to two husbands, Melvin McKinney, and Richard Bates.

She is survived by her sister, Ione Lloyd Easterling; nephew, Michael Lloyd (Beverly); three nieces, Lanelle Beavers (Rudy), Michelle Blake, and Shanna Baker (Greg); a host of great nieces and nephews; one step-son, Jay Bates (Jennifer), two step-daughters, Jana White (Ben), and Jenny Bates; 9 step-grandchildren; and a special sister in law, Pat Thomas.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 23, 2023, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Chapel. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Stephenson-Dearman. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery at Rye, AR. Please sign Mrs. Linda's guestbook at www.stephensondearman.com.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023
from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home
943 Highway 425 North
Monticello, AR  71655
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Funeral Service
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
at 10:00 a.m.
Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home
943 Highway 425 North
Monticello, AR  71657
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Union Cemetery at Rye
Hwy 35 W
Rye, AR  71671
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  1. Cliff Gibson
    I just learned about Linda passing. As Beverly Cokely said, Linda was a sweet, kind soul. Also like Beverly, I well remember the McClure family and their general store located on the old way into Dermott, and I remember Linda being at Drew Farm Supply in Monticello. The world will be a much poorer place without Linda, but heaven will be much improved! My sincere condolences to the family.
  2. Dianne Herring
    So sorry to hear about Linda. Prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.
    Dianne Herring
  3. Gloria Ryburn
    So very sorry for your loss, she was a sweet person she is and will be missed
  4. Mandy Morphis
    There was a lot to admire of Linda but the thing I admired most was- if she loved you, you knew it. She was never ashamed to show her love of someone. What a wonderful woman.
  5. KT Patten
    To know you was to love you and what a blessing to have known you.

    Many condolences,love and prayers to your family. Gone but could never be forgotten. Always in our hearts and on our minds.
  6. Jody Gladden
    SO sorry to hear of your loss. Linda was a sweet, sweet lady!
  7. Linda Doughty
    Ione, Lanelle, Michelle, Shannon, Michael and family’s.. I am so sorry.. 😢 I love this lady so much and I am sure going to miss her. I am sending you all lots of Love, Prayers and Hugs!!
    Much Love, Linda Kay
  8. Betty Bradley-Russell
    Prayers for the family
  9. Kathryn Allen
    To the family Linda Bates, so sorry to be seeing the passing of Linda.
    Condolence to Ione her sister and the rest of family.
    Our prayers go out to you at this time. Don and Kathryn Allen
  10. Beverly Cokley
    Ione and Family:

    I am so sorry for your loss of this sweet, kind soul. I remember your entire family with much love and happiness. They were wonderful people. I know that Linda is happy now that she is reunited with them. They were all so good and kind to me, and hold a special place in my heart. Bless you and your family. I will not forget them or you.

    Deepest Sympathy,

    Beverly Cokley
  11. James and Kathy Berry
    Ione and Family
    We are so sorry for the loss of Linda. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    James and Kathy
  12. Corean Johnson
    Sorry for your loss. pray for the family.

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