Arkie Edgar Yates, age 88, of Honaker, Virginia, passed away Wednesday morning (February 27, 2019) at his home. Born November 26, 1930 in Buchanan County, Virginia, he was a son of the late John Yates and Goldie Stevens Yates Smithison. A lifelong resident of the area, he was formerly employed as a roofer for Eddie Stevens Roofing. He enjoyed helping others during their time of need by digging graves and doing odd jobs. He was of the Holiness faith and was a friend to everyone he met.
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In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Alice Yates Hess; one brother, Don Yates and one grandson, James Wilson.
Survivors include six children, Kenneth Yates, Mary Jones, Jerry Yates, Eliza Wilson, Melissa Gay Yates and Wanda Wilson; one brother, Henry Yates; one sister, Nellie Lang; special friend, Mary Coleman; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff of Helping Hands Hospice for the wonderful care they provided.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM Friday in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roy Lee Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in the Frank Smith Cemetery on Big A Mountain.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Yates, Tony Cook, Joe Honaker, Thurman Wilson, Kenneth Yates and Arlin Wilson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Horne and Crystal Musick.
The family will receive friends after 6 PM Thursday at the Honaker Funeral Home, where an evening service will be conducted at 7 PM with Rev. Roy Lee Wilson officiating.