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Originally published: 2013-06-24 11:25:50
Last modified: 2013-06-24 11:26:35

Grady William Yates

Mr. Grady William Yates, 86, of Mountain City, Tenn., and formerly of Vilas, passed away Saturday morning, June 22, 2013, at Johnson City Medical Center.

Born Sept. 15, 1926 in Watauga County, he was a son of the late Bartella Dennis Yates and Molly Brown Yates. Grady was a member of Willowdale Baptist Church and a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII. He was retired from Singer Furniture. Grady was an avid baseball fan, a beekeeper, gardener and grew Christmas trees.

He is survived by one daughter; Jane Wilson and husband, Tony, of Mountain City; six grandchildren, Tammy Helm and husband, Brian, of Wilmington, Travis Church and wife, April, of Vilas, Kenneth Scott Church and wife, Brenda, of Creston, James Yates and wife, Amy, of Deep Gap, Michelle Dollar and husband, Buddy, of Sugar Grove and Debbie Yates of Vilas; five great-grandchildren, Ryan and Dalton Church of Vilas, Calvin and Faith Dollar of Sugar Grove, and Dusty Parlier of Vilas; five sisters, Vertie Broyhill of Lenoir, Mary Moretz and husband, Wade, of Deep Gap, Betty Townsend and husband, Earl, and Susie Townsend and husband, Denver, all of Lenoir, and Martha Reece and husband, Johnny, of Boone; two brothers, Claude Yates of Boone and Tommy Yates and wife, Earlene, of Boone. He is also survived by his extended family, Darlene and Jimmy Hicks of Vilas, Shelia Fletcher of Gastonia, Brad and Shannon Hicks of Greensboro, and Nickie Eller and Kendra Gail Hicks both of Vilas; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, James Yates; two sisters, Flossie Broyhill and Ruth Hayes; and two wives, Ella Mae Yates and Louise Yates.

Memorial services for Mr. Grady William Yates were conducted 6 p.m. Monday at Austin and Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Eugene Braswell, Travis Church and James Yates. The family received friends Monday prior to the service from 5 to 6 p.m. at Austin and Barnes Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Willowdale Baptist Church, 133 West Side Drive, Vilas, NC 28692.

Online condolences may be shared with the Yates family at Austin and Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Yates family.