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James Stewart Yates

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James Stewart Yates, 79, of Liberty passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Abbotswood at Irving Park in Greensboro, NC.

A private funeral service was held on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at The Loflin Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Les Croft officiating.

He was the son of the late Stewart Waldron and Virginia Shortridge Yates and was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Teddi Kincer Yates.

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits James Stewart Yates who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Jim was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Jim knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

      James was born on February 17, 1941 at Richlands Hospital in Richlands, VA. He was raised in Grundy, VA. Even as a youngster, Jim learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      Jim's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Jim enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. For several years, he had a newspaper route that he did on his bicycle - it was a long route and he did it before going to school and then on the weekends.

Jim’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from Grundy Senior High in 1958. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was band. Jim loved going on the out of town/state band trips.

      His practical work ethic carried over into his college years. His logical mind permitted him to work hard without getting too distracted. He earned his BA degree in Economics from Emory and Henry College.

      Jim was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Jim was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Jim came to expect his high standards of performance.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Jim reveled in the security of his family. One of his most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Jim was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. As a Dad, he would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Jim was blessed with 4 children, two sons, David and Chris; and two daughters, Debbie and Cathi. He was also blessed with five grandchildren; Derek, Zach and Kelsey Woolard; Isaac and Rachel Absalom; Step grandchildren, Billy, Tessa and Faith Casswell. Great grandchildren were Colt and Cash Absalom, Molly Edwards. Step great grandchildren were Taylor Casper and Nova Casswell.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Jim was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Jim was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Jim upheld his standards. His primary occupation was salesman and home builder. Jim was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Jim approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were videographer and cars. Jim was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but preferred to share his interests with others. Tops on his list were Nascar races and drag racing.

He was a member of Greensboro Christian Church for over 50 years. During that time, he was active in the Food Pantry ministry and videographer for church services and activities.

      Jim passed away on March 22, 2020 at Abbotswood in Greensboro, NC. He suffered from Lewy Bodies, a type of dementia. The services were held at Loflin Funeral Home in Liberty, NC. Because of the Covid 19, only family could attend. Service was viewed by many via livestream. He was laid to rest in Gilmore Cemetery in Climax, NC.

      All who knew him would agree that Jim lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. James Stewart Yates did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.

  • FAMILLE

  • Stewart Waldron Yates, Father (deceased)
  • Virginia Shortridge Yates, Mother (deceased)
  • Teddi Kincer Yates, Daughter-in-law (deceased)
  • Ilene Yates, Wife
  • Debbie Woolard (Terry), Daughter
  • Cathi Absalom (Pat), Daughter
  • David Yates, Son
  • Chris Yates (Debbie), Son
  • Derek Woolard, Grandchild
  • Zach Woolard, Grandchild
  • Kelsey Woolard, Grandchild
  • Isaac Absalom, Grandchild
  • Rachel Absalom Edwards, Grandchild
  • Billy Casswell, Step-Grandchild
  • Faith Casswell, Step-Grandchild
  • Colt Absalom, Great Grandchild
  • Cash Absalom, Great Grandchild
  • Molly Edwards, Great Grandchild

Services

  • Private Funeral Service

    jeudi, 26 mars , 2020

Souvenirs

James Stewart Yates

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Mary Lou Jones

14 octobre , 2020

My Sweet Ilene,

Hope it helps to know that others are with you in thought and sympathy. Please know I am praying and sending LOVE to you and ALL the family!

Mary Lou

Chris Yates

6 octobre , 2020

My memories of Dad seem to revolve around racing.

Whether it was motorcycles or go-carts, I can remember hours spent in the garage with Dad watching him work for more and more speed. We were guaranteed to go to the track with the best equipment that he could provide. I remember one go-cart in particular that spent weeks on the scales before it ever went to the track. Dad worked and worked with that cart to get the seat and the weight distribution perfect. When we finally took it to the track, it practicaly drove itself around the corners. With that, he taught me that hard work and preparation really pay off.

Later, Dad spent a lot of time at the dragstrip with me. He would always show up with a bucket of chicken in one hand and a video camera in the other. There is no telling how many hours he spent in the blazing sun filming and trying to help me improve the car.

Dad fit in well at the dragstrip. The common saying is "A drag racer can spend hours talking about a 7-second run". That worked well for Dad and we had a lot of good times at the track.

Most of all, I want to say thank you for the support, the lessons, and the love.

I will miss you George

David Yates

6 octobre , 2020

So, what should I say bout me n dad. Everybody knows we didn't jive much. We grew up together, you're gonna butt heads. Never a lot of lovely stuff between us, but other than a request for bail, he was a phone call away for anything I needed. We had hard times, bad times, but more good times. I watched him never give up on anything he ever tried to do n that's the best thing he ever taught me. I love n miss you ole man.

Debbie Woolard

30 septembre , 2020

Oh Daddy -
Thinking of you, I miss you so...words cannot express...and the memories just flow. You were the first man I loved and I grew up believing you could do anything. As I grew older, I realized you really weren't Superman, but you were my Daddy and you always tried your hardest to provide, to fix things and make our lives better. And through everything (the good and the bad) - I knew you loved me no matter what I said or did. I will cherish that feeling of love and family forever. You have left this earth and can't hold my hand now, but I still feel your touch and will cling to memories of you forever. I love you, Daddy!

Gurney and Sherry Farmer

30 septembre , 2020

There are no words that can truly comfort you during this sadful loss of your husband and our dear friend, Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are surrounding you every day. May they bring you peace and love and yes, joy, as you feel our Lord Jesus hold you in his Loving Arms! We greatly love you, Ilene, and want you to know we are here for you and your family.

In Christian Love, Gurney and Sherry Farmer

Pete and Brenda Stephens

30 septembre , 2020

Dearest Ilene,

Above you is the Lord's covering
Beneath you is His strength and security
And around you are His arms of love!

Our prayers are for you to find and dwell in His peace during this time of grief and loss. We will all miss Jim and his sense of humor and his kindness.

With our love, Pete and Brenda

Lynne Poteat

30 septembre , 2020

Dear Ilene,
I am so sory about Jim. I remember you talking about how young you were when you met, married, and started your family, so it was obvious that he was your forever love. You must surely miss him more than anyone could imagine, but you must also have a wondrous mind museum filled with many many special memories. And, those memories will keep him present with you always. I continue to pray for God to bring you comfort, strength, and peace of mind.
Love to you, Lynne

Susie Hudson

30 septembre , 2020

To Ilene and Family,

I am truly saddened for your loss - you are all in my thoughts and prayers - during this time and always. Jim brought so much joy and laughter to me and all those around him. He always spoke so highly of you and the children, with so much pride and love! I will cherish the memories of all the good times together, of "49" my friend!

I love you - Susie

Thea Osborne

30 septembre , 2020

Ilene -

My heart breaks for you and your kids over your great loss.

Jim was such a special person. Family was so important to him.

I take comfort in knowing he now has restored health and is at the Yates Reunion in heaven. Prayers for you all.

Thea

Debbie Yates

30 septembre , 2020

What stands out in my mind the most about Jim is how I felt when I was with him. He just had a way of making you feel comfortable. I felt fully accepted from the first time I met him and I never once worried about how he felt about me or my children. He went out of his way to make us all feel completely included in his family. If Faith had a swim meet… there was Jim, camera in hand, ready to give us the gift of lasting memories. When Faith graduated, there was Jim showing his love and support. When Billy & Tessa got married, even though it was a four hour drive away, there was Jim. He never missed anything major with my family. He wanted me to know he cared and his caring always took the form of “action”. He was a “fix it” kind of guy and he didn’t need time to think about how to fix it either… he just jumped right into action figuring it out as he went. We ran out of gas once on a pretty deserted stretch of highway and Jim jumped right out of the car without saying a word and took off walking down the street. He didn’t know where he was going but he was determined he was going to find gas somewhere. After an hour or so we were getting worried and Chris was about to go looking for him when he pulls up with some fellas with a gas can. He had walked to the next exit and down a stretch until he found a small restaurant and talked someone inside into helping us. Sitting on his hands and waiting was not something Jim ever did, or could have done even if he tried.

I have many mementos to remind me of this sweet man. He once bought me a miniature Mini Cooper because he knew I thought they were cute. He included a sarcastic little note that read, “Sorry, this is the best I could do on age” (the box stated it was for ages 3+). It sits displayed on a shelf in my craft room. He gave me a lap blanket to carry in my car because I always get cold in restaurants; I use it to this day. He gave me a big heavy hammer to use on the demolition of a wall in my house; I can’t look at it without thinking of him. Our Christmas tree is covered with his handmade ornaments every year. We will never celebrate Christmas without having a piece of him here with us. Then there was Jim’s ingenuity… Oh how entertaining that was! Every time I see a squirrel, I think of the concoctions he came up with to try to keep them out of his bird feeders. In the world of “Jim vs Squirrel”, the squirrel came out on top but Jim didn’t give up easily. Everything he did was done to the extreme. I’m a bit like that myself, which is probably why we got along so well. His imagination amused me and his stories made him all the more endearing to me. I truly loved this man and it amazes me how often he crosses my mind. Sometimes it brings a smile to my face and sometimes it brings an ache to my heart. He has left a pretty good sized hole in this world and what a testament that is to how he lived his life!

I’ll see you again someday Jim Yates! ‘Til then, I will be holding on to the memories…
Much Love,
Debbie Yates

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JAMES STEWART YATES
Husband
Father
Grandfather
Great Grandfather

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Two blessed people! Jim and Ilene in front of the fireplace on Dogwood Drive in Liberty. They were married for over 62 years!

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Baby Jim in Grandma and Grandpa Shortridge's yard on Looney's Creek, just out of Grundy, Virginia.

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Virginia and Stewart with baby Jim in the yard at the Shortridge homeplace.

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Walking in Grandma and Grandpa Shortridge's driveway

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Jim has always loved dogs and animals.

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Jim had "that look" even at 18 months old!

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Daddy Stewart and Mother Virginia with Jim when he was about three.

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Jim, at 3-4. That is a huge coat that boy has on!

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Early school picture - about 5th grade.

Biographie

James Stewart Yates, 79, of Liberty passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Abbotswood at Irving Park in Greensboro, NC.

A private funeral service was held on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at The Loflin Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Les Croft officiating.

He was the son of the late Stewart Waldron and Virginia Shortridge Yates and was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Teddi Kincer Yates.

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits James Stewart Yates who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Jim was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Jim knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

      James was born on February 17, 1941 at Richlands Hospital in Richlands, VA. He was raised in Grundy, VA. Even as a youngster, Jim learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      Jim's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Jim enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. For several years, he had a newspaper route that he did on his bicycle - it was a long route and he did it before going to school and then also on the weekends.

Jim’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from Grundy Senior High in 1958. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was band. Jim loved going on the out-of-town/state band trips.

      His practical work ethic carried over into his college years. His logical mind permitted him to work hard without getting too distracted. He earned his BA degree in Economics from Emory and Henry College.

      Jim was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Jim was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Jim came to expect his high standards of performance.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Jim reveled in the security of his family. One of his most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Jim was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. As a Dad, he would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Jim was blessed with 4 children, two sons, David and Chris and two daughters, Debbie and Cathi. He was also blessed with five grandchildren; Derek, Zach and Kelsey Woolard; Isaac and Rachel Absalom; Billy and Faith Casswell. Great grandchildren were Colt and Cash Absalom, Molly Edwards, Taylor Casper and Nova Casswell.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Jim was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Jim was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Jim upheld his standards. His primary occupation was salesman and home builder. Jim was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Jim approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were videographer and cars. Jim was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but preferred to share his interests with others. Tops on his list were Nascar races and drag racing.

He was a member of Greensboro Christian Church for over 50 years. During that time, he was active in the Food Pantry ministry and videographer for church services and activities.

      Jim passed away on March 22, 2020 at Abbotswood in Greensboro, NC. He suffered from Lewy Bodies, a type of dementia. The services were held at Loflin Funeral Home in Liberty, NC. Because of the Covid 19, only family could attend. Service was viewed by many via livestream. He was laid to rest in Gilmore Cemetery in Climax, NC.

      All who knew him would agree that Jim lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. James Stewart Yates did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.

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(Words from Ilene, Jim's wife, as she spoke at his funeral.)

When our messes meet His mercy,
It is a perfect setting for a miracle!

God works miracles in our lives,
And loves us through our messes.

We tend to live life our way, jumping in when we shouldn’t and hesitating when we ought to go ahead and jump.

Years ago when we were in college at Emory and Henry College, we were driving to visit family. As we rounded a curve on Sword’s Creek, we saw many cars on the sides of the road. People were out looking down an embankment towards the river. There was a car and people way out in the middle of the river. No one was trying to help! Some of the victims were swimming to shore, but one was afraid. So Jim, who was impulsive and a NON-swimmer jumped in and sort of dogpaddled out to the car. He convinced the man on top of the car to come into the water with him and somehow, Jim helped him to get to the shore. All those people on the shore were watching and doing nothing. Jim jumped in, way over his head, and helped somebody get to shore, when he himself, was just dogpaddling! That was Jim!

Life on this earth is gone from the body of my sweet Jim. But, as Christians, we have the assurance that we just cease living here, but are promised eternal life in Heaven if we trust and obey Him. On March 22, 2020, Jim Yates left this body that we all associate with him. But he is not gone - he simply crossed over!

As I think back on our 62 years together, I have seen evidence of God’s patience with Jim. He has loved Jim through times of unfaithfulness and has lovingly given Jim time to return to Him and to serve Him!

Jim was a precious soul! It was in his nature to be loud, boisterous, headstrong, and opinionated. And he could be all of that and more! I know that more than anybody else on this earth.

But there was a sweet gentle spirit who loved deeply and was generous to a fault. He absolutely loved doing for others - especially me and our family!

Anybody who knew Jim knew that when he did anything, he went a bit overboard - whether it was providing for interests of our children and grands or going gung-ho about cross-stitching - by doing over 200 beautiful pieces in a 2 year period. He just did a lot in short spurts of time to the point that our kids refer to it as the "Jim Yates warp-speed factor". Instances of that were when he was pushing or backing one of the children in activities like ice-skating, hockey, motocross, go-carts, dance, gymnastics, football, horses, acting, boating/water skiing, or all things cars or racing. He just gave it his all!

God was patient with Jim and allowed him time to mature. One of the growth areas that surfaced in recent years was Jim’s compassion for the homeless/needy folks shown by his support of our church food pantry. Another was his enthusiastic involvement in all things video. This was shown by the thousands of videos he did for our family and church services and activities. Those of you who have had a part in those things or have received videos he made know what I am talking about.

But in recent months, as a form of dementia, known as Lewy Bodies, began to take our Jim from us, we missed that LiveWire we had known and loved for so many years. He was quieter and distant as his mind and body didn’t work for him like he would have liked. We won’t dwell on those months of decline except to note that when he was lucid and serious, there would be a quiet spirit that could be tearful and serious about the essence of life. Jim understood and loved God as his Father and, if he were the speaker today, he would have each of us to “be ready” for the journey that he has just taken.

Our Debbie and David were with me at Abbotswood after Jim had passed. The nurse in attendance with him said that she had left the room and when she came back and saw that he had passed, she was amazed with the peacefulness on his face and the lack of obvious struggle. He was laying just as she had left him with the covers in place and his body just as she had left him. There was no sign of struggle! Jim had simply gone home - peacefully!

When our messes meet His mercy, it is a perfect setting for a miracle!

God is ready to work miracles within each of us - as we mature and make sure we are prepared - ready for ETERNITY!