September 19, 2017

In Memory of my cousin Tooter Yates 1946-2017

In my early days of doing genealogy I tried almost every method in order to make contact with cousins in various locations. I wrote a letter to the West Plains, MO Quill stating my relationship to my Yates, Pentecost and Smith families in that area. The response was heartwarming letters from people who knew my great grandfather Jim Yates, and a hearty representation of cousins who still lived there.

My second foray into contacting people was to make a phone call to someone in Tennessee named Yates. That man said he knew who “Polky” Yates was (James Knox Polk Yates, to be precise) but he didn’t know much more. I was very new to making contact with people like that and so I didn’t try to call him again. But, I didn’t give up. I knew there had to be Yates family there in Roane County, so I looked up addresses and found one for a Isa Bea Yates. So, I took a chance and wrote her a letter, telling her who I was and how I was connected to the Yates line.

In no time at all I received a phone call from a man named “Tooter” Yates and that began a long friendship with him that spanned over 20 years. Tooter was actually Truman Dillinger Yates and his nickname had been bestowed on him by his grandmother who, when she first held him as a little baby said, “He’s a tooter!”. Isn’t that sweet?

Tooter passed away last month, right before his 71st birthday. I will miss him and his Tennessee voice that would become so familiar and loved. Rest in peace dear cousin. You’ve earned it. Obituary below.

Obituary for Dillinger Truman Yates

Dillinger (Tooter) Truman Yates, age 70, of Ten Mile, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born June 29, 1946 in Roane County where he has been a life long resident. He was a dedicated member of Ponders Gap Baptist Church and Maranatha Church in Midway.

Tooter was a retired truck driver from the K-25 Nuclear Plant after working 37 years.

Preceded in death by his son, Kenny Yates; daughter, Coleen Turner Yates; parents, William & Isabea Hall Yates; brothers, Leslie & Harles Yates.

SURVIVORS Loving Wife of 27 years Sue Ann Piper Yates of Ten Mile Children Jimmy & Kathie Yates of Sweetwater Sally & Tony Ivey of Spartenburg, SC Patty Clark of Kingston, Tobey Yates of Ten Mile, Makayla & Dylan Adkins of Ten Mile, Katie Yates of Ten Mile Frankie & Angie Taylor of Tell City, IN, Kenny Farmer of Morganton, NC, Brother William & Jackie Yates of Sweetwater, Patrick & Robin Yates of Spring City, Casey Yates of Sweetwater, Sister Gloria Yates of Paint Rock, Special Nephew Willie Yates of Harriman, Life Long Friend Gerald Webster of Oliver Springs, 4 Brothers-in-law and 5 Sisters-in-law, Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends

The family will receive friends 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Ponders Gap Baptist Church. Funeral service will be held 2:00 pm, Monday at the church with Rev. Tommy Patterson and Rev. Tom Clipner officiating. Interment will follow the service at Kelsey-Yates Cemetery in Ten Mile.

Online register book can be signed at www.FrakerFuneralHome.net . Fraker Funeral Home of Kingston is in charge of all the arrangements.

Family Photos – Herb Harbeston 1910 – 2013

Herb Harbeston

In my rush to get the obituary for Herb Harbeston posted this week, I didn’t have time to add some of the photos I have for him. They aren’t going to be in chronological order, but they are all of Herb and his family.

Herb Harbeston's 90th b-day

Andrew Harbeston

Andy Harbeston – Herb’s Father

Herb & his mother

Herb and his mother Rebecca Smith

Herb Harbeston 1927 Elec. Eng. school

Herb Harbeston – Electrical Engineering School 1927

[intlink id=”3233″ type=”post”]Herbert Hadley Harbeston 20 May 1910 – 23 Dec 2012[/intlink]
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Herbert Hadley Harbeston 20 May 1910 – 23 Dec 2012

I may have met Herb and his wife Fran many years ago during my childhood, but my first real recollection of them was at the home of my great aunt Martha’s son Claude when we attended an after funeral gathering of family at Claude and Billy’s home in Tacoma, Washington. Fran was my cousin through the Yates family, her mother being Myra Yates who was an older sister to my grandfather Will Yates. Myra had married Joe Prantl 30 December 1908 in West Plains, Missouri.

It seemed like the only time I would see Fran and Herb was at funerals. Fran passed away in 1996, just a couple months before my dad did in June. I began communicating by letter with Herb (he had hearing loss, so telephoning was out of the question) because my dad, for whatever reason, had given Fran some tintypes that my grandpa had brought back with him when it made a trip to Tennessee in the early 1910’s. I was working on our family tree at a pretty good clip at that point and since Fran had passed away (she too had been doing some family genealogy at one time) I asked Herb if I could get the tintypes back from him for our family photo records. He agreed, and we drove all the way over to Soap Lake, WA to get them.

We had a wonderful visit with Herb, his sister-in-law Tracy and Tracy’s husband Rick (Herman) Richardson, and my brother Dave and wife Kathy who had traveled along with us that day.

Through the years we have stayed in touch with Herb until his Alzheimer’s condition made things more difficult for him. At one of the facilities he was in years ago, he greeted us warmly and admitted he didn’t know who we were, but he was grateful that we had come to see him. I think that will tell you just how warm and loving he was. Herb was a centenarian of the first order!

English: Oroville Dam, CA from the air, high w...

English: Oroville Dam, CA from the air, high water unknown date (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just a little side note: Working as an engineer and concrete inspector, Herb was involved in the building of the Oroville Dam in Oroville, California.

Herbert Harbeston Obituary

Opal Lee Breedlove Hudson 1910 – 2012

Opal Lee Breedlove Hudson Obit

Opal Lee Hudson, 101, a long time Pacific County resident died on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at her home at Alder House in South Bend. Mrs. Hudson was born on July 23, 1910, at West Plains , Missouri to John and Sarah (Forrest) Breedlove.

She married her husband, Dale, on April 9, 1927, in Everett, Wash. He died in November of 1989.

Mrs. Hudson as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She enjoyed playing cards, reading and visiting with friends and family including the staff and friends at the Alder House.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Jerry and Jack; a daughter, Anna Krause; 4 sisters; 2 brothers; and 3 grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Rose Young of Tucson, Arizona, and Gloria (Bob) Gerwig; 12 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are set for 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 13, 2012, at Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond. A private burial will be held at Hawthorn Memorial Park beside her husband in Mt. Vernon.

Memorials may be made to the Pacific County Historical Society at PO Box P, South Bend, Wash. 98586.

Obituary posted at The Aberdeen, Washington Daily World 10 April 2012. See obit here.

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