Obituary for Tanner Austin Bates

Tanner Austin Bates

Tanner Austin Bates

May 11th, 1993 - Oct 6th, 2021
May 11, 1993
Oct 6, 2021
Oct 13, 2021 6:00 pm
Visitation Location:
Dial and Dudley Funeral Home
4212 AR-5, Bryant, AR 72022 [Map]
Oct 14, 2021 12:00 pm
Dial and Dudley Funeral Home
4212 AR-5, Bryant, AR 72022 [Map]
Survived by:
He is survived by a family who treasured him.
mother and stepfather: Lisa and Alan Buffington
father and stepmother: Robert and Sandy Bates
brother: Justin Bates and wife Brooke
stepsisters Taylor, Bailey, and Kenzie Buffington
stepbrothers: Ty and Tanner Noel
fiancée: Jennifer Asberry
grandparents: Robert and Doris Bates
Jackie and Susie Goodson
Joyce Buffington
and his Nam: Carolyn Norris
nephew: Crew Bates
aunts and uncles: Jerry and Tammy East
Ben Deaver
Randy and Colleen Childress
Keith Eldridge
Phyllis Ventress
Steve and Christie Staggs
cousins: Justin and Meredith Bull
Blake Childress
Hannah Deaver
Jake East
Hunter Deaver
Malachi Eldridge
And so many more colleagues, friends, and relatives who loved him deeply.
Tanner’s fellow Hog fans will serve as pallbearers:
Taylor Appling
Jacob Ball
Randy Carson
Blake Childress
Keith Kincaid
Justin King
Briar Sample
Jorge Vargas
Honorary Pallbearers:
Trey Landry
Chad Lawrence
Maddy Davidson.

Biography: Tanner Austin Bates, sports fanatic, prankster, and sore loser, received the kind of call he couldn’t refuse on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 and traded in his earthly body for his heavenly wings.

Tanner was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 11, 1993 with piercing blue eyes, a tender heart, and the life of the party.

Tanner’s contagious smile, genuine heart, and knack for being quite the jokester are sure to be remembered.

He was well known for his ‘heart of gold’ and always making sure everyone felt included. Whether it be family game night at Mamaw & Papaw’s, kickball with Jenn and the guys, or Disc Golf with his big brother Justin, Tanner loved having fun with those who meant the most to him – and loved pulling pranks on them too!

He had a life-long love affair with Taco Bell – especially a bean burrito with extra beans and onions, red sauce and cheese on top – and often wasted the day away binging Yellowstone and Big Sky, wearing his raggedy old Arkansas Razorback tank top that Jenn would have happily lost in the laundry. More than anything, Tanner was a Momma’s boy. Even through high school, she would get up before him on cold mornings to start his truck and run his bath water.

Not one to miss a sporting event, Tanner was an accomplished athlete in both baseball and football, earning both All-Conference and All-State respectively.  After Tanner was selected All-Conference and All-State, he was the Max Preps Arkansas Player of the Year.  Bauxite High School retired his jersey.  Proudly graduating from Bauxite High School in 2011, he accepted a Baseball Scholarship to play short-stop at Arkansas Baptist College. After years of also playing American Legion Baseball, Tanner was beyond stoked to receive the call in 2020, asking him to return to the field and coach alongside his beloved mentor Michael Mattox.

You could say Tanner was a bit passionate when watching his favorite teams. It didn’t matter the sport – if the Arkansas Razorbacks, Florida Gators, or St. Louis Cardinals were playing, you could find Tanner on the other side of the broadcast, usually pacing back and forth. Yet, he hated The Cubs. And watermelon.

Tanner was most proud of his journey to recovery, his relationship with his new fiancée, Jenn, being the coolest uncle to his nephew, Crew, and the best fur daddy to his and Jenn’s fur babies – Gunner, his beloved Lab that was his rock through all the valleys, Aspen – their adorable Wheaten Terrier, and most recently Archie, their new Goldendoodle. He loved both deer and duck hunting, as well as playing kickball, softball, and disc golf – all with a cold beer in his hand.

With only days left to finish, Tanner was planning to complete electrical school and finally take his licensing exam to become a Licensed Electrician. Having impacted so many others during his journey to recovery, Tanner also wanted to help others by continuing to share his story.

Tanner also wanted to help others by continuing to share his story. After traveling to Cancun next summer, he and Jenn had plans to marry in the fall and start a family together.

Tanner had special relationships with his brother Justin and his work buddies Jacob Ball, Maddy Davidson, and Keith Kincaid. Yet, his Papaw Bates was likely his favorite person of all.

He was preceded in death by his Nanny: June Passon,
great-grandparents: John Hester
Helen Hester
Beaulah Richards
Willard Richards
Sam Bates
Gladys Bates

Memorial contributions can be made to The EMpact One Foundation, 3524 Alcoa Road, Benton, AR 72015 – or via PayPal: by including the “Tanner Bates Memorial Fund” in the memo.