OBITUARY

Talmadge Smith Yates

August 1, 1929April 23, 2018
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Greensboro- Talmadge Smith Yates, 88, passed away on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Moses Cone Hospital surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. J.R. Gossett officiating. Interment will follow at Gilmore Memorial Park in Julian, NC. Family visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Talmadge was born in Greensboro, NC to the late Junius and Annie Smith Yates. He is an U.S. Army Veteran having served during the Korean War. He earned an Occupational Medal. He worked briefly for Cone Mill, and later retired from Pepsico as a truck driver after 32 years of service.

Talmadge was a lifeguard at Camp Herman, coached little league baseball and girls softball. He had many nicknames, “Pud,” “Barney” and “Rowdy.” He enjoyed golf, fishing, baseball, basketball, football and all things “Carolina blue.”

He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Norvie Jean Campbell Yates; grandchild, Anthony Janney; and siblings: Hildred, JB, Allen Yates, Velnor Simmons, Myrtle Jones, Marie Bryant and Betty Simmons.

Talmadge is survived by his wife, Margaret Ratliff-Yates; children, Linda Ward (Lee) of Pleasant Garden, Nancy Stephenson (Tee) of Stokesdale, NC, and Ronda Wray (John) of Greensboro; step children, Kathy Purgason (Don) of Brown Summit, Sharon Williams (Gary) of Oak Ridge, Pat Ratliff of Brown Summit and Diane Ratliff of Greensboro; grandchildren, Michael Ward, Kristi Ward, Zane Wray, and Alex Wray; great grandchild Jesse Ward; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association 7029 Albert Pick Road, Ste. 200, Greensboro, NC 27409 in memory of Talmadge Smith Yates.

Online condolences may be sent to www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com. Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is assisting the Yates family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 25, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

  • Interment

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

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John Osborne

April 25, 2018

I seen the obituary in the paper and after reading it I realized it was my old baseball coach"Barney".Some of my best memories of my youth was playing baseball and learning about cameradie of a team


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While browsing the obituaries I seen the name and after reading it I realized it was my baseball coach "Barney"-some of my best memories of my youth were shared with him and my teammates where we learned many lessons in life even though we did not realize it at that time. Perhaps the big Coach needed an assistant. RIP old friend . John "Fuzzy"Osborne









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American Heart Association

April 23, 2018

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Phillip Simmons

April 23, 2018

Talmadge yates was a great man. He was full of life and joy me and my dad always seen him. He joke with us all the time and we loved it praying for the family at this difficult time miss you talmadge Yates. You was loved by many rip love you always tody and teal amen

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