Donald Ray Yates

July 8, 1935 ~ March 6, 2022 (age 86)


Donald Ray Yates 86, of Nebo, KY passed away on Sunday March 6, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born July 8th, 1935 in Ohio to the late Ira Wesley Yates and Artie Roberson Yates. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Providence, KY. He worked hard all his life logging, construction, coal mining and retired from Warrior Coal Company. His hobbies included restoring antique John Deere tractors and found great pleasure in working on his farm. He lovingly devoted his life to his family, he enjoyed life to the fullest where he never met a stranger and entered every room with a smile. He was preceded in death by 4 sisters Lorene Vincent, Ida Mae Stone, Margie McKinley and Mildred Jean Stone, 2 brothers Bill Yates and Paul Yates. Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years Barbara Daugherty Yates of Nebo, KY; 1 daughter Tammy (Jamie) Harkins of Providence, KY; 2 sons Donald (Angie) Yates of Chandler, IN and Bro. Patrick (Sherri) Yates of Nebo, KY; 1 brother Ira Yates Jr. of Dixon, KY; 6 grandchildren Jeffrey Yates of Chandler, IN, Jared (Dana) Yates, Matthew Yates and Cassidy (Garrett) Rice all of Nebo, KY; Riley Harkins and Nathan Harkins both of Providence, KY; 4 great grandchildren Lucas, Raelynn, Hayden and Everly. Funeral services will be held on Thursday March 10, 2022 at 1pm at Townsend Funeral Home in Dixon, KY. Bro. Patrick Yates, Bro. Ralph Alexander and Bro. Nick Duvall will officiate. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery in Manitou, KY. Visitation will be from 4-8pm on Wednesday and from 8am until service time on Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Jeff Yates, Jared Yates, Riley Harkins, Matthew Yates, Nathan Harkins and Garrett Rice. Online condolences can be made at

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March 9, 2022

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Townsend Funeral Home
140 Hwy 41-A South
Dixon, KY 42409

Funeral Service
March 10, 2022

1:00 PM
Townsend Funeral Home
140 Hwy 41-A South
Dixon, KY 42409

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