of Conway, AR
May 9, 1975 - August 30, 2023
Joseph "Jody" Scott Bates, 48, of Conway, AR went to be with the Lord, August 30, 2023. He was born May 9, 1975 in Eldorado, Arkansas to Joe Alvin Bates and LaFaye Brewster. Jody was preceded in death by his grandparents, James Lafayette Brewster, Lora Ellen (Owen) Brewster, Archie Hovis Bates, Barbara Alvern (Mellinger) Bates and other beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. Jody was a lover of sports. His favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys, Arkansas Razorbacks, St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Lakers. He enjoyed playing board games and video games with his family. He was known to be quite competitive, especially at team card games. Jody had a beautiful tenor singing voice and often shared this talent with others. Jody was very intelligent and gifted with computers, often being called a "computer nerd" and was a valued asset to the company for which he worked for over 13 years. Jody fiercely loved Tonya and his girls, Emma and Ellie. His girls were his world and he would do anything for them. Above all else, Jody loved the Lord. He served a two-year mission for the Lord and brought others to Him. Jody went peacefully into His arms and is now rejoicing with those who went before him. Jody is survived by his wife, Tonya (Bradford) Bates; his twin daughters, Emma and Ellie Bates; his parents, father, Joe Bates (Gina), LaFaye Bates Cooper (David) and siblings, Brian Bates (Erin), Bob Bates (Jenny) and Brandy Bates Kuerth (Matt) and many nieces and nephews and extended family members and a host of beloved friends. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 1:00pm at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Conway, 2045 Dave Ward Dr., Conway, AR 72034. Interment will follow at 2:30pm at Crestlawn Memorial Park, 472 US-64, Conway, AR 72032. Online guestbook available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/conway
This world will not be the same without Jody in it. But l am a better person having him own him.
Love and prayers to all of Jody's family. We have lots of fun memories watching Jody growing up to a wonderful young man. Just know that Jody is no longer in pain.
Jody was a very intelligent, witty man with a great personality and sense of humor! A computer nerd, yes he was! He sure loved my friend, Tonya and considered himself a lucky guy! We all shared many good times together! Jody even sang at our wedding, and he loved music! Mostly though his girls were his life, and no doubt he loved the Lord! Fly high my friend. I sure know where you are! Until we meet again, I am sure you are entertaining several with laughter! Tonya will be the strong woman he married!
Bud - we are so sorry about your sons passing, send our sympathy and love to you....God comfort and keep you in His care!
I pray for peace and comfort for you and your family.
Please accept my sincere condolences.
Tonya, Emma, and Ellie, we grieve with you and will continue to pray for you as you carry on without Jody. We love you and are here to help. Love yâ€™all so much!!
I love you all and think of you often. My prayers are with you. So sorry, Jody was such a sweet person. Faye, you are a great friend and I miss you.
Love you Bates and Kuerth families. May Jody's memories be ever in your hearts. Thinking of you guys always.
Tonya and girls, we are so sorry your grief and loss. Your family remains in our prayers and we send our love.
Growing up with the Bates family in church i feel like I've lost a family member. I'll miss our Facebook conversations about sports, especially college football! Sending love and prayers for all the family! Maybe Logan will give him his orientation in heaven! Love yall!
Iâ€™m so very sorry for your familyâ€™s loss. Tonya, Iâ€™m covering you and the girls in prayer.
Tonya, I'm so sorry. My prayers are with you and the.girls.
Virgil and I are so sorry for the loss of Jody. He was a special person to us. Tonya, Emma, Ellie we keep you in our prayers daily. Faye, David, Joe and Gina, you are also in our prayers daily. May our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit hold you all and comfort you.
Tonya, Emma, and Ellie, We love each of you so much and are praying for peace and comfort. Love Aunt Belinda and Uncle Leo
My condolences to the Bates' family and friends. Jody will be missed.
Tonya, Emma and Ellie, We love you so much. Keep all your memories of Jody and your dad in your hearts. We are always here for you. Love, Benny and Jan
We love you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord comfort you.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
We send our love and thoughts of peace to you and your family.
Sending peace and comforting words to Jody's family, know he will be missed by all
Sincere condolences to the family. I am so very sorry for your loss. May God provide the necessary peace and comfort to your family and friends during this difficult time. Please remember these words of encouragement from the Bible: â€œ Jesus plainly told her: â€œI am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.â€ â€”John 11:20-25.