January 20, 1938December 8, 2012

Beaufort, NC

J C Yates, 74, of Beaufort, died Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Harborview Health Care in Morehead City.

He was a member of Santa Rosa Shores Baptist Church in Gulf Breeze, FL and the Elks Club of Navarre, FL. He loved to work with wood and was avid gardener. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer in the US Coast Guard and was a Vietnam veteran.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara A. Yates; parents, Jas and Hattie Yates and son, J C Yates, Jr. J C is survived by his wife, Sheila A. Yates; son, John R. Yates of Tampa, FL; daughter Joanna L Mauldin and husband, Donald of Beaufort, NC; two step-children: Alexander Emlaw of Farmington, MN and Alaina Deanna Armstrong of Farmington, MN; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Cherry Point Baptist Church in Havelock, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Carteret County, PO Drawer 1619, Morehead City, NC 28557-1619.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.


  • Memorial Service Friday, December 14, 2012


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December 14, 2012

JC was a wonderful person and my life is enriched by knowing him. Our thoughts are with you and the ones you left behind.

Susan and Mike Rose

Bill & Ellen Shore

December 14, 2012

Sheila and family,
May your memories of JC get you through this difficult time.

He was a special man who would always help anyone. We will all miss him.

John Yates

December 13, 2012

Our thoughts and condolences go with you at this trying time. JC was my inspiration when we were boys. John and Karen Yates.

Michelle and George DeCamp

December 11, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers with you Mom Shelia! We Love You Michelle and George.

Emily Hord

December 11, 2012

Sharing family time with you and JC at the reunion in July was a blessing for all of us. You are in our thoughts as we pray for peace and strength for you.

Love to you,
Aunt Emily

Fran Temple

December 11, 2012

A little poem I love:
Somewhere a journey begins at the end
Of the worldly existence we know,
Somewhere a path stretches over the stars,
And rivers of memories flow,
Somewhere a silence is heard far away
And the brightness of day fills the night,
Where the trials of life are resolved into peace--
When a soul finds its way to the light.
I love you, Sheila, may you find peace and wonderful memories.

Cheryl Overfors

December 10, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you Sheila at this very trying time in your life. I feel so fortunate to have met JC this summer, he was a wonderful man! Please draw strength from all of your friends and loved ones. I love you and I am only a call away!

jo ham

December 10, 2012

one of the nicest people i ever met. he would give you the shirt of his back if you asked him. J.C. you will be missed. love to the family, jo ellen ham

Elly Overstreet

December 10, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you Sheila. I never got to meet your husband but knowing you Im sure he was a wonderful Man. May God bless you and give you the peace that you need. I know that words from loved ones dont make the hurt and pain any easier but just know that JC is in heaven and no longer in any pain. I wont say that it doesnt hurt, but God will give you peace. I love you and miss you. Your friend always Elly.