Rachel Ann Walker Yates, 87, of Rutledge, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020, peacefully at her home. She was a faithful member and a long-time Sunday school teacher at Buffalo Baptist Church. She was a member of the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and served as a director for 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Mary Walker; brother, Charles Walker; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joe and Betty Mae Yates, Bob and Nancy Yates, Betty and I.L. Yates, Charles Yates, Peggy Godwin, and Jim Cofer.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Richard Yates; children, Stanley and Joyce Yates, Mary Ann and Duffey Foutch, Jim and Ronna Yates, and Jay and Karen Yates; grandchildren, Heather Watson, Sara Beth and Jeremy Seal, Garrett Yates, Scott and Shana Housewright, Nate Yates, Neely Yates, and Gavin Yates; great-grandchild, Hagan Housewright; sisters-in-law, Sue Walker of Knoxville, Margaret Cofer of Morristown, and Carolyn Yates of Rutledge; and brother-in-law, Frank Godwin of Rutledge.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Janie Pressley and to SunCrest Home Health and Hospice.
Visitation and funeral services were held Saturday, January 11. Graveside services will be held 1 p.m., Sunday, January 12 at Buffalo Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Garrett Yates, Nate Yates, Gavin Yates, Scott Housewright, Jeremy Seal, and John Cabbage.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Buffalo Baptist Church Cemetery.
Arrangements by Smith-Reagan Funeral Home