Mr. James H. Yates, age 91, of Port St. Joe, passed away Saturday morning, June 22, 2013 following a long illness. Mr. Yates was born in Samson, Alabama on March 28, 1922. Following his military service in World War II, he moved to Port St. Joe in the 1950's where he raised his family. He retired as a pipe fitter from Port St. Joe Paper Company in the early 1980's.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Lou Yates and daughter Janet Lollie.
His surviving family members include five (5) daughters - Anita Ward, Beth Creamer, Sara Westburg, Freda Doty and Kathy Adams; two sons - John Kimbrel and Romaine Pool. Other family members include 14 grandchildren, Michael Lollie, Harley Ward, Sandy Price, Pam Silcox, Pete Johnson, Shane Johnson, Jonathan Rexford, Shelly McRae, Krista Irizarry, Charlie Turner, Kristy Kimbrel, Jeremy Kimbrel, David Poole, and Justin Poole; twenty (20) great-grandchildren and four (4) great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Yates served as head usher at Oak Grove Assembly of God Church for many years and enjoyed his church family. He was a devout Christian, gardener, and loving father and will be truly missed.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. E.D.T. on Monday, June 24, 2013, at the Oak Grove Church conducted by the Rev David Fernandez and the Rev. James Wiley, with interment to follow in Holly Hill Cemetery. Visitation was at the church for an hour prior to the service.
Comforter Funeral Home
601 Long Avenue
Port Saint Joe, FL 32456