In Memoriam: James E. Yates Jr.

James E. Yates Jr.

James Everett Yates Jr., 72, Taylors Valley, Va., died unexpectedly Jan. 29, 2015, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in Spartanburg, S.C.
He grew up in Tazewell, Va., graduated from high school in Tennessee and attended Chandler Technical Institute in Willoughby, Ohio, Automation Institute in Cleveland, East Tennessee State University and Steed College in Johnson City, Tenn.

He worked in data processing with General Electric and spent most of his career with CSX Railroad. A part-time musician, he played saxophone with several well-known local groups.

Survivors include five children, Tracy (Steve) Lineberry, Draper, Va.; Stacie (Brad) Glaser, Palmer, Alaska; Keith (Paige) Yates, Riner, Va.; James Thomas (Chloe Anne) Yates, Damascus, Va.; a sister and two brothers; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and his fiancée, Mary Wooten, Campobello, S.C.

“My father was a strong voice for FFRF and very much believed in everything you stand for (I do as well),” Keith Yates wrote. “Thank you for everything, but most of all thank you for bringing together all of the minds of reason.”

FFRF offers sincerest condolences to Jim’s family and friends and thanks for his support of reason and the foundation.

Freedom From Religion Foundation