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Robert Franklin Oates

Jonesboro, AR, 1922 - 2014

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.
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Published October 19, 2014

Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth
5800 West 12th Street, Little Rock, AR
Phone: 501-661-9111