James Dorn Yeattes

January 27, 1962September 6, 2018

Mr. James “Dorn” Yeattes, 56, of Greensboro, unexpectedly went home to be with The Lord on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at his residence. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Peace United Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery in Greensboro. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1:00 until 2:00 pm at the church. Born in Greensboro, Dorn graduated from Smith High School and worked as a self-employed Mechanic. He was a life-long member of Peace United Church of Christ where he was an active member of the men’s fellowship. In Dorn’s younger days, he was a member of the Boy Scout Troop #160, worked a paper route for the Greensboro News and Record, and drove a school bus. He was what he considered himself to be an Urban Gardener and sold the fruits of his labor at a local Farmer’s Market by Stixs & Stones off Elam Ave. He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his father, John Frank Yeattes, Jr. Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Doris Jones Yeattes of Greenboro; brother, Jeff Yeattes and his wife Karen of Greensboro; sister, Annette Yeattes Green and her husband James of Rural Hall; several cousins and other extended family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peace United Church of Christ, 2714 W. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27403 or in memory of Dorn, take time to do a good deed for someone. Online condolences may be made at


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robert stimson

September 13, 2018

Dorn passed on the day I was coming back from New England to visit family and friends. It was a shock. He had a beautiful smile, a beautiful nature, and I am already missing him. I enjoyed seeing his 'crops' on Facebook. R.I.P. bro'!

Marilouise Mattson

September 11, 2018

I met Dorn one time, about 24 years ago. Doris and John invited me to their home for Easter dinner. I remember Dorn as a smiling, delightful, intelligent man who was so very proud of his mother's traditional pulled pork dinner. We ate, laughed, and had a delightful time. I have never forgotten the hospitality and Dorn's welcoming spirit. Doris, I am so sorry for your loss.

B Bogue

September 10, 2018

I met Dorn by chance some years ago at Spring Valley restaurant. Dorn was a regular there and over the years I had the opportunity to share a table with him on several occasions. He always had wit and humor that were pure and fun. He seemed like he enjoyed the things in life that really matter. He was a model citizen as far as treating others the way you’d like to be treated. I enjoyed getting to know him and will miss seeing him around.

Lori Kennedy

September 10, 2018

I went to high school with Dorn at Ben L. Smith. He was a good guy, always so kind. He laughed a lot. I always thought he was so smart. He was a really good friend. It was a blessing to know him.
RIP my friend !
Lori (Dixon) Kennedy

Charles Gibson

September 10, 2018

Dorn was the best natural mechanic I ever saw. He had that unusual ability to fix things he had never worked on before. He also had that unusual ability to know when his friends needed help. Many times I'd call for advice on a repair and he would later appear to make sure everything was ok. I believe as he got older he realized that talent with his hands extended to most anything he touched. He was a pretty good farmer, gardener, and novice beekeeper. He always seemed to follow his best impulses, it's something I'm trying hard to copy. Smile, laugh, and help as many people as you can... oh yeah, and it's ok to have FUN. Thank you Dorn. love you

Gertrude Beal

September 9, 2018

I was very sorry to see in the paper about James Dorn Yeattes. I was an elementary school classmate of Jeff's. Jeff and I reconnected a couple of years ago. I was on a trip to GA and all of our group had nametags. Jeff happened to spot me at a rest stop when he saw that most of the group was from Greensboro. Of course, I hadn't seen Jeff in more than 40 years! We caught up on our families. I remember is that James was born while we were in elementary school. I remember also that Mrs. Yeattes was one of the parents who was interested in all of us children. Some years ago now, I saw her singing with a group at Westminster Presbyterian Church. My sympathy to the family.
Gertrude Beal

Jennifer Dillon

September 9, 2018

Dorn was a kind man with a big heart that touch many lives. I will cherish the memories of good times we shared. He will be greatly missed.

Karen Howerton

September 9, 2018

I knew Dorn over forty years ago and after life took us down different paths for many years, I re-connected with him after singing with his mom in the Greensboro Oratorio Society and finding him on FaceBook. He was a big man, in stature and character, always willing to share his experience, strength and knowledge or lend a hand. especially to those in need. He was a good friend, affable and kind to everyone he met. Dorn was successful, maybe not in terms of how most people define success, but he was happy and never flaunted his good fortune to anyone. I loved visiting him and touring his chicken coop and gardens! He also had a strong faith, which he quietly shared with me on occasion. Of the many things I admired about him, the one I respected the most was how he loved and took care of his mom. His death is a shock and he will be sorely missed!

Go rest high on that mountain, Dorn....

Emily Paterson

September 9, 2018

Working on Tate Street for a few years, there was many a day when Dorn's cheerful smile and pleasant words reminded me of how fortunate I was to be in an embracing community. The world could use more people like Dorn, and he will be missed.

Linda Brackner

September 9, 2018

Heaven has another Beautiful Angel...
So many good memories with Dorn camping in the woods and listening to amazing music. You were such a kind, loving and genuine person.
You will be missed down here....