William "Billy" Yates

May 9, 1951June 12, 2020

William “Billy” Eugene Yates, age 69, of Jacksonville, FL passed away on Friday June 12th, 2020. He was born in Jacksonville, FL on May 9th, 1951.

Billy graduated from Englewood High School. He was saved and was baptized at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville. Billy retired from a career with the International Longshoremen’s Association where he worked hard to keep ships and their cargo moving through our port. Billy loved his family and his friends and enjoyed spending time with them. He lived life to the fullest and his favorite passion was sports of all kind; baseball, golf, racing, and football.

He is predeceased by his father, William Green Yates and his sister Nancy Wingard. He is survived by his devoted mother Mazie “Marie” Yates; nieces, Lisa Thompson and Vinette Skurpski; nephews, Michael Wingard and Bill Pugliano; cousins, George Ussery and Janis Jones.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2020 inside the Chapel of Hardage-Giddens Greenlawn Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2020 at Hardage-Giddens Greenlawn Funeral Home with Pastor Andy Pietrylo as Officiant, followed by interment in Greenlawn Cemetery, 4300 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Yates family.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, June 19, 2020


William "Billy" Yates

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Sandy Hjelm

June 19, 2020

My sincere condolences to Bill’s family and friends. He was such a gentleman, kind soul, and friend.
He and I went to Englewood Senior Prom together. What a dancer he was, dance on sweet Bill. God’s Peace

Kenneth Watkins

June 18, 2020

My sincere condolences to Billy's family. I went to High School with Billy, and several years later he saved my life when I first got into the Clerks and Checkers Union as a young man. We were working a plywood ship, and I had no hard hat. Billy went to his truck and gave me one of his spares. It wasn't long before I was hit in the head by the ship's gear, and were it not for that hard hat I have no doubt I would have been killed. God spared Billy when he had his bad car accident on Mills Rd. several years before. I lost track of him along with others after we went our separate ways, but I take great comfort in knowing Billy is with Jesus. I pray Billy's family will be comforted too, knowing he in in Heaven.

Cyndi Wiltse

June 17, 2020

I will all ways love you bro! Such great memories of you! God speed! 💜🙏💜

Barbara Fisk

June 17, 2020

My deepest condolences to family and friends. So sorry for your loss. We will surely miss Bill in the neighborhood. He was such a fixture on our street, it won’t be the same without him. It was a regular occurrence to see him out with his beloved dog Hank , washing the car or working on his well manicured yard. My dad sure loved Bill. He helped my dad and family out a lot of times. He was always ready to lend a hand to a neighbor. RIP Billy.

Sue and Jim Buskirk

June 16, 2020

So sorry for your loss.
Bill will be greatly missed.
He was such a sweet guy and always dressed so sharp.
My prayers are with you and your family.