Rick Yeomans

January 12, 1946July 22, 2019

Rick Yeomans, 73, of Chattanooga, Tennessee passed away on July 22, 2019. He was a founding member of Venue Church who cared very much about the church and his family. His grandchildren affectionately called him granddaddy or papa.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Inez and sister, Annette.

He is survived by his wife of seven years, Judy; children, Kelle, Rick, Shannon, Michael, Jason, Tavner, Missy, and Meredith; nineteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother, Ray.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Venue Church, 6401 Lee Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Venue Church on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 11 am.

Arrangements are held by Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Brainerd Chapel, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.


  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, July 27, 2019


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Ray Higginbotham

August 3, 2019

I first met Ricky when he was in the 4th grade and me in the 5th. He used to come to my class to borrow my baseball glove for his recess period. The next year we ended up in the same 6th grade class.(Yes, he skipped 5th grade). We were friends throughout our remaining school years until we graduated and lost touch except for an occasional school reunion. We played on the same little league team with the Lions Club and later on various school baseball and basketball teams. What a fun guy and a great teammate. I also just happened by right after he pulled his next door neighbor from a house fire. A true hero. And what a loss. My condolences to his family . May you rest in peace my friend!!!

Jack Saalwachter

July 26, 2019

Just like we discussed, all believers are headed for a date with THE MAN. Just wish we could've had time for one more round. Rest in Peace my friend....

John Goodbrad

July 25, 2019

If anyone was ever a great example of a "good neighbor", it was Rick. Most nights when walking my dog Rascal in the vacant lot between our houses Rick would be on his back porch and we would chat and talk about family, God and life in general...but he never ended a conversation without telling me "I love you brother". He was interesting , funny and kind. In spite of being in great pain he never complained and was more interested in talking about me than discussing his medical problems. Rest in peace are missed.

Moody Eidson

July 25, 2019

Rick and I attended Calvary Baptist Church together as well as Ribault High School. He was always easy going and friendly to everyone. From what I've read on this site he lived his life as a friend to all. He'll be missed baby all. RIP Rick.

Sadye Lopez

July 25, 2019

Met Rick when my husband, Jose, worked at RPS. He was a very nice guy, a great hugger and a friend to Jose, along with Jack Saalwachter. I still remember the night they came to our home to see Jose after his racing accident. I will always remember that kind gesture. My husband and I thought a great deal of him. Hope you and Jose can play some heavenly golf, Rick. Rest in Peace.

James Falls

July 25, 2019

Rick was a great guy.Shared Saturday mornings small group at Wallys enjoyed his wisdom and humor.He loved his grand babies.Heaven gained a hero.God bless Rick.

Cheyenne King

July 25, 2019

I remember my first time at rick a d Judy's small group like it was yesterday, he knew how I wasn't much of a hugger but everytime hed walk In that door from work when he got a moment hed come right over to me and say "come here mrs.cheyenne you know your not getting out of my higs that easily". Hes one of the most loving people I've ever known and was good at making everyone around him feel loved and important. I remember spending hours at the hospital when he was sick to give him the love he always showed us. He knew god had a great plan for me and so rick now you can watch over me as I make you proud and join the work force to spread gods gifts he's given me. I love you rick. Until we meet again.

Sydney Bailey

July 24, 2019

When I first met Rick, I tried to shake his hand and he looked at me like I was crazy. He hugged me and said I was family. Rick and I always joked that I was one of his ‘adopted’ grandchildren. Everyone knew that Rick gave the best hugs. Just the sight of seeing someone he cared about made him tear up. Monday nights at Judy and Rick’s house were my favorite thing. He would always point at his heart and then point at someone to quietly say, “I love you,” if he wasn’t near. I could be talking to someone or in the middle of doing something, but as soon as I saw Rick, I was pausing everything and running over to him. I got to always escort him in the exit door at church to make sure he avoided the traffic so it was easier on him. I will miss him so dearly and will always consider him one of the greatest people I have ever known. I love you so much, Rick!

Jeff Huskey

July 24, 2019

Rick was one of the first people I met at a brand new church called Venue in a brand new town. First thing he said to me was, are you in a Small Group, I said no, he said your in ours. That was over five years ago, we've been friends ever since and still part of his small group.

Terry Frazier

July 24, 2019

"I don't want to shake your hand. I want a hug." This I will always remember. It is a true honor to remember Rick as my friend. A man who freely showed His love of Christ and his fellow man.