James Lee Yates

james yates
James Lee Yates, 86, died Saturday, September 12, 2020 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born in Needmore, Kentucky on December 11, 1933 to the late Ethyl and Willie Yates. James Lee was a graduate of Parksville High School and was president of his class, played sports and was a scrappy basketball player. He was taken with his family, five sisters and one brother to Salt River Baptist Church. James Lee was saved at the age of twelve. He married Bobbie Lee Carter, June 23, 1956 and she immediately became united with Salt River Baptist Church. They both served God at Salt River, faithfully. At the age of 30 James Lee became a deacon for the Lord in Salt River Baptist Church and served actively until he became ill. Salt River Baptist Church honored James Lee last fall, 2019 with a declaration and plaque making him deacon Emeritis for his service, which continued until the Lord called him home. James Lee was an avid sports fan and loved to organize and play sports at church. Coaching young men not only in sports but in serving the Lord. He loved young people and was led by God to lead in many ways. James Lee had a great love for his family and was always supportive of his grandchildren and great grandchildren’s endeavors. He worked for the the United States Post Office before retirement and enjoyed farming. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by four sisters, Pearl Prewitt, Alice Merriman, Effie Saunders and Sue Hicks. He is survived by his beloved wife, Bobbie Lee Carter Yates; three daughters, Carla Cunningham (Clay) of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Sherri Morgan (Johnny) of Danville, Cindy Beasley (Chip) of Bloomfield; a brother, Glenn Yates of Albuquerque, New Mexico; a sister Bertha Harmon of Lexington; a sister-in-law, Tootie Coulter (Billy) of Moreland; a brother-in-law, Donnie Carter (Isabel) of Parksville; eight grandchildren, Jeff Orberson (Ashley), Sarah Orberson, Brooks Cunningham, Anna Cunningham, Chris Morgan (Stephanie), Josh Morgan (Gina), Cody Beasley, Dylan Beasley (Mariah); seven great grandchildren, Will Orberson, Carter Orberson, Jack Orberson, Hunter Mitchum, Claire Morgan, Briggs Morgan and Adah Morgan. The funeral service will be 1pm, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Salt River Baptist Church. Rev. David Evans will officiate. Pallbearers will be Clay Cunningham, Johnny Morgan, Chip Beasley, Jeff Orberson, Josh Morgan, Cody Beasley, Dylan Beasley and Will Orberson. Honorary pallbearers will be Brooks Cunningham and Chris Morgan. Burial will be in Danville Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 11am – 1pm, prior to the service, Wednesday at Salt River Baptist Church. Memorial donations are suggested to Heritage Hospice or The Michael J. Fox Foundation or the Salt River Baptist Church. Please sign the online guestbook or send a Hugs from Home. Visitation: prior to service from 11 am - 1 pm, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Salt River Baptist Church in Danville Funeral: 1 pm, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Salt River Baptist Church in Danville Burial: Danville Memorial Gardens

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  1. James Lee was a highly respectful person. I feel fortunate to have known him. He was a man of God and loved by everyone.

  2. Prayers for all of you. I have so many great memories of James Lee and all of you. May God’s Grace bless you in these days.

  3. Dearest Carla, Clay and family, Your dad is pain free but grief is still real. Praying that you find comfort in each other, the memories you have and his legacy. Hugs xox

  4. Knowing there is great rejoicing in heaven, may it bring you comfort and peace. Love and prayers from Mary and Kevin

  5. Daddy Jim was such a great husband, father and grandfather. His smile would light up a room. We have such great memories of the time we spent with your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today and everyday! Please let us know if you need anything. Love, Angela Hollearn and Jordan Roberts.

  6. Daddy Jim was a wonderful person. Loved watching ballgames with him and Ms. Bobbie. Sending Prayers and hugs for the family. RIP Daddy Jim

  7. So sorry for your loss! Prayers for Bobby Lee and Carla, Sherry and Cindy. We know he’s in a much better place and probably up there walking around talking to all of his family and friends that have gone on before him with that beautiful smile of his! He was surely a wonderful man and I know you all will greatly miss him! Prayers for each and every one of you all! May God bless!

  8. So sad to hear this. Have great memories of Mr. and Mrs. Yates from when we attended Salt River with them. Prayers to all the family.

  9. Bobby Lee and loved ones, I am so sorry for your great loss here on earth but am so thankful that you will see James again in heaven. May Gods blessing be upon you all. Love from the Kelley family

  10. Bobbie, Carla and family, so very sorry for your loss. Jim was such a wonderful man, role model, supporter. Prayers for all of you

  11. Miss Bobbie, sending prayers for you and your family with the passing of Mr. Jim. I truly saw the love both of you had for God and each other. God’s blessings and all the wonderful memories . Wilma

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