Robert Franklin Oates

Robert Franklin Oates of Jonesboro, Ark., joined his Lord and Savior on Oct. 15,2014. Born in Russellville, Ark., on Jan. 13, 1922 to Ralph and Hettie Oates, he was a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Civil Engineering. He served in the US Navy during WW II as an officer in Mobil Construction Battalion 96. He was a member of Fellowship Bible Church of Jonesboro, and was instrumental in starting Bible Study Fellowship classes for men in the area. A professional engineer, he was employed by AFCO Steel in Little Rock for 40 years. He led an active retirement. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Martha; his daughter, Becky (Mrs. David Johns); his son, Lynn; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed. Funeral for Mr. Oats will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in the chapel of Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, with visitation to begin at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Pine Crest Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 W. 12th Street, Little Rock, Ark. 501-661-9111. Online condolences and messages of support to the family may be left at

Published October 19, 2014

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