Jerry Don Yates

Jerry Don Yates, 77, of Tiptonville passed away Monday, April 9, 2018, at his residence.
Services were to be 1 p.m. today at The Strand Theatre in Tiptonville, with Carl Mills officiating. Burial was to follow in the Tiptonville City Cemetery. Dyersburg Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
The family was to receive visitors from 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday at The Strand Theatre.
Pallbearers were to be Willie Benthal, Bradley Tubbs, Joel Cook, Jonathan Bartlett, Bobby Matheny, David Gooch and Cotton Brewer.
Honorary pallbearers were to be members of the Lakeview Coffee Club, Tony White, Bobby Upson, Lanny Haynes, Fred Pollock, Billy Richardson, Jimmy King, Roland Pope, Shelby Barker, David Dunn, Dallas Stacks, Glenn Farley, Steven Avery, Lynn Cooper, Allen Searcy, Thomas Johnson, Jerry Jones, Danny Hitt and Bobby Boyd.
The family requests that memorials be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
He was born Feb. 11, 1941, in Ash Log, Ky., to the late Wade Yates and the late Hazel Simmons Yates. He graduated from Tiptonville High School in 1959.
He was the owner of Yates & Son’s Tile and Culvert Company and was also the former owner of the Tiptonville Ferry. He was the former mayor of Tiptonville, former county commissioner and the former assistant fire chief.
He was a member of Tiptonville Church of Christ, a member of the Tiptonville Main Street Association and a member of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce.
He was a Mason, Shriner and a sponsor of the Lake County Relay For Life.
He was a devoted husband, dad and granddad.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Cook Yates of Tiptonville; three sons, Jerry Wade Yates, Jimmy Yates and Reid Yates, all of Tiptonville; a brother, Billy Wade Yates of Houston; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
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Published 4.11.18

1 Comment

  1. Rochelle on April 16, 2018 at 9:26 am

    To the wife and children of Mr. Jerry Don Yates. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy .
    It seems that there is nothing anyone can say or do to ease the pain your are experiencing.
    But know tha God does care because he invite us to throw all our anxieties upon him. 1 Peter 5:7.

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