The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


June 19, 2013

Randall R. Yates

JOPLIN, Mo. — Randall Renfro Yates, age 87, Joplin, Mo.,passed away on Monday, June 17, 2013, at a local nursing center.

Randall was born July 3, 1925, in Baxter Springs, Kan., son of the late Woods Creel Yates and Helen America Renfro Yates.

He attended school in Joplin, and served with the United States Marine Corp during World War II. He was a Corporal with the 2nd Marine Division where he was a decorated soldier fighting at the landing of Saipan, in Tinnian, Okinawa and Nagasaki, Japan.

He was co-owner of Green Yates Appliance where he worked from 1963 until 1976.  He then teamed up with his daughter, Vicky and son-in-law, Chris Branch to form Yates Trackside Furniture where he was active until his retirement in 1991.

He was a member of the Joplin Elks Lodge No. 501, the Masonic Lodge, Rotary Club and was also a member of First United Methodist Church of Joplin. He enjoyed spending his free time with family and fishing, bowling and traveling throughout the United States with his wife, Betty.

In addition to his parents, Randy was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Yates.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Betty Jean York Yates; son, Tim C. Yates and wife, Lynne, of Joplin; daughters, Sandy Risor and Vicky Branch and husband, Chris Branch, all of Joplin; grandchildren, Ryan Branch and Jennifer, Brooke Lawrence and husband, Cameron, Shane Lee and wife, Heather, Tim Yates and Jessica, Tyler Yates and Spencer Yates; and great-grandchildren, Preston, Sierra, Robby, Hannah, Lauren, Zach, Taylor and London.

Funeral services will be Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Joplin, with Pastor Bruce Jacobs and Rev. Louise Reed officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery with grandsons serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at First United Methodist Church on Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The family request that memorial contributions be made to Joplin Humane Society.

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