Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


Ronald Yates

March 5, 1943August 11, 2019

Ronald O. Yates, 76, of New Bern, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 11th, 2019. He was a devoted husband and father, loving friend, and servant of God.

He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Norma Yates; three children, Rebecca Johnston (Cary), Michael Yates, and Wednesday Payne (Ken); four grandchildren, Samantha Johnston, Macy Forbes (Dillon), Joshua Payne and James Payne (Linde); and one brother, Dayle Yates (Cindy).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Owen and Blanch Yates; and daughter, Kimberly Pease.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at CrossRoads Baptist Church with the Reverend Buford Lewis officiating.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 17, 2019


Ronald Yates

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Kim Lawrence

August 17, 2019

I will always remember Mr. Yates smile and he was a joy to speak anytime he called me at the bank or came in.

Mrs. Norma I will keep you in my prayers.

Kim Lawrence

Angela Aiavolasiti

August 15, 2019

My heart broke hearing about Mr. Ron. He was such a wonderful, caring, God like Man . I have great memories of us playing Dominos, eating tomato sandwiches, Easter egg hunts, Christmas Caroling & many more great memories. I will always remember y’all were always there for me. I wish I could be with y’all durning this time. Just know my thoughts & prayers are with you, your family & our Church family. Please know you will always be in my heart. I love You

With love sincerely,

Angela Aiavolasiti

Sharon Risso

August 15, 2019

I really never met a man quite like Ron. He was always happy even when you knew he was frustrated or going thru life struggles. He had great Faith. That Faith is what gave him real Joy in Life.
I met Ron in 1982 when I started working at Arco. He quickly become a father figure to me and watched out for me being a single mom.
I think he fell in love with Norma the day he saw her. There was no wavering.
I remember all the times they moved, fixed their homes to perfection and moved on to the next project.
He loved his children so much and those grandchildren.
My husband and I will be forever grateful that we were able to spend time with him and Norma last year. The best part was when he hugged me, told me he loved me and thought of me as a daughter ❤️
I will treasure that memory until the day I see him again.
My condolences to his family.
Sharon and Mike Risso

Rebecca Johnston

August 14, 2019

Dad shared his heart with many and always gave LOVE an upper hand.

He enjoyed laughter everyday, it was like an old & trusted companion.

His example showed how wonderful it is that we laugh because our bodies can not contain the joy.

The love and friendship he shared with nana was something quite beautiful and ALL that were witness to it could easily see the love between them was served.
They were completely devoted...

His hands were never idle. He was always completing a honey do task of some kind or working on a project in his shop.

He had enough tools for 10 men, and boy was it fun to see his eyes shine with joy as he worked and created.

As a child I felt loved, provided for & protected. I will always be profoundly grateful he was the man who raised me.

Our fathers love will be the lullaby that will forever be in our hearts.

He leaves behind a beautiful legacy; he was authentic and kind and always included everyone.

Dad, I carry your heart with me ( I carry in my heart)

Always and forever, Buckwheat

Terri Lite

August 14, 2019

My memories go far into the past but they feel like yesterday. I have so many fond memories of Ron laughing with his kids. His first wife Sandy, daughter Becky and son Mike were all neighbors of mine and great friends. My parents who have past , loved them all as well. My parents had a special place in their heart for Ron. With his passing it’s like losing a piece of my parents again. I am grateful he is out of pain but sad for all those who loved him. The last time I saw him was probably 20 years ago when I was visiting Becky and her family. It was so wonderful and I’m so grateful that I got to see him again. I can still hear you saying with a big smile on your face “hi kid”. R. I. P. Dear Ron. I hope you are with my dad having a drink and watching over all of us!

Cindy Keller

August 14, 2019

What a helper Ron was for me when I needed some home upkeep. I had to stop him from doing more than needed. Ron was very gentle and patient with my lack of knowledge. Thanks Ron for the tools you passed on to me. Every time I use my sockets I will remember the kindness you shared with me. See you in Heaven where I can’t wait to hear your sweet voice in the choir again.

Rodney Dalhouse

August 14, 2019

I was very blessed to have Ron as my BUDDY
I will always remember our fishing trips when he made me laugh the whole day
Ron was a great Christian and always told folks he did not know that they needed to accept Jesus.

Bobbi Gagnon

August 13, 2019

I met Ron and Norma at the ARCO arena. I was the suite attendant and he ran the terminal in West Sacramento. Right away they became favorites of mine. I was always happy to see them and their family! Things I admired about Ron... he was head over heels in LOVE with Norma! He was an amazing father and father in-law, so proud and supportive of his children and their spouses. His depth of love was so apparent. As a grand dad he was bursting at the seams with love and pride 💕. We meet so many people in our lifetime. I like to think people live on through others. Meeting the Yates allowed for me to see what true love and passion for life looked like. I feel grateful as I think of them now. May he Rest In Peace! My sympathies to the family 💕 Love, Bobbi (Suite CC - ARCO Arena)

Mike Yates

August 13, 2019

There are no words that I can provide that would tell you how much I loved and respected my father .I was Abel to spend my entire life with a father that showed nothing but love to our family. Dad and I could just look at each other and start laughing . We had more fun then should be aloud and we laughed for 50 yrs together. Even as we said our goodbyes. We were thankful for the great life of laughs we shared.

Wednesday Payne

August 13, 2019

Why I love you dad
Any man can be a dad -
but it takes someone special to be a daddy
You have unwavering love for my mom
You care more for others than they will ever know
You have provided for your family and kept us safe
You light up a room when you walk in
Your hugs warm my heart
You taught me to believe in myself
You are proud of me when I succeed -
Picked me up when I fell
You taught me to value myself
You taught me the to value hard work
You always make time for me
You always listen, even when I ramble
You’ve always treated me as your own
You set a great example of a man I should marry
Your hand on my shoulder-
will remain with me forever
Your hug will always keep me warm

When I’m at my best I am my daddy’s girl