Arlen Jay Bates

June 26, 2022


Arlen Jay Bates

August 17, 1955 - June 26, 2022 


Was born in Omaha, NE August 17, 1955 to Arnold Lee Gunn and Darlene Joyce Bates.  At age 66, Arlen Jay died Sunday, June 26, 2022 in North Little Rock, AR. 

Arlen Jay grew up attending Zion Baptist Church along with his siblings and his Mama, where he was baptized in 1962 at the age of 7 years. Young Arlen always attended Sunday school and sang in the choirs of Zion.  He was a graduate of Omaha Central High School, and honorably served in the United States Air Force.

Arlen Jay was preceded in death by his maternal Grandparents, Dorothy and O.C. Ellis, his father Arnold Gunn, and Step-Father, Raymon Webster.  Arlen Jay will long be missed and remembered by his beloved wife of 38 years, Margaret A. Bates, four children, Michael, Aeren, Arlah, and Alaya; Loving Mama, Darlene Webster; siblings; Elayne, Dorothy (Melvin), Phillip (Carmen), Leonard (Taji), Scott, Mayimuna, Ayana (John), Reginald, and other loving siblings; Granddaughter, Ayden, and a host of loving nephews, nieces, family, and friends.

Funeral Service:  Friday, July 8, 2022 at Zion Baptist Church 2215 Grant St. Omaha, NE 68110

Visitation:  9:30 a.m.

Homegoing 10:30 a.m.

Delayed Burial:  Monday, July 11, 2022 at 10 a.m. from Zion Baptist Church to Omaha National Cemetery

Memorial Service, Friday July 15, 4-5pm, Gunn Funeral Home, 4323 W. 29th St, Little Rock, AR 72204  501-660-4323


In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Arlen J. Bates’ memory and honor can be made to Zion Baptist Church Sunday School Ministry 2215 Grant St. Omaha, NE 68110.

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July 8, 2022

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Zion Baptist Church
2215 Grant St
Omaha, NE 68110

Funeral Service
July 8, 2022

10:30 AM
Zion Baptist Church
2215 Grant St
Omaha, NE 68110


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