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David Thomas Yates, Sr., 77
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Morrison resident and Van Buren County native David Thomas Yates, Sr., 77, was born Jan. 23, 1945 and died Sept. 24, 2022 at St. Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville.            

A retired employee of McMinnville Tool & Die, he was the son of the late Roy Blanton and Lola Mae Yates. He was married to Rose Fisher Yates of Morrison on March 22, 1980.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, Samuel Yates; brothers, Coy Yates, Glenn Blanton and Joel Blanton; brother-in-law, Clifford Fisher; and sisters-in-law, Joyce Jones, Eva Jacque and Betty Bergeron.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Yates is survived by son, David Thomas (Rebekah) Yates, Jr. of Wartrace; sisters, Teresa Bennett and Norma Dickinson, both of McMinnville; brothers-in-law, Paul (Sharon) Fisher of South Carolina and Kenny (Mary) Fisher of Massachusetts; sisters-in-law, Jan Martin and Essie Shirley, both of South Carolina and Jane Kulis and Bonnie Slitz, both of Massachusetts and several nieces and nephews.

Per Mr. Yates’ wishes, he will be cremated. No service or visitation will be held at High’s and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home and High’s Cremations, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Sept. 28, 2022