July 23, 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.

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