Thelma Christine Yates (1925 - 2015)

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Thelma Christine Yates, born May 9, 1925, joined her beloved husband, William Luther Yates, and grandson, William Eric Lechter in heaven on February 28, 2015. Preceded in death by her parents, Izora Johnson Roach and John Edward Roach; brothers and sisters, Alfred Roach, Hershel Roach, Louise Roach Smith, Maline Roach Morrison, Howard Roach and Ernest Roach. She is survived by her cherished daughters, Wanda Evans and Sharon Lechter and her husband, Michael Lechter; her fabulous grandchildren, Kelly Evans Bair and her husband, Randy Bair, Phillip Lechter and his wife, Angela Lechter and Shelly Lechter Drews, her husband, Jeff Drews; five precious great-grandchildren, Isabel Bair, Oliver Bair, Kristian Salinas, Dylan Lechter and Emma Delong, sister- and brother-in-law Lena and Ross Knighton; companion dog, Chloe; as well as her dear friends and church family of close to 60 years of North Park Baptist Church. Born in Edwardsville, Alabama and raised in Alabama, Thelma moved to Orlando in 1962 and touched the heart of everyone she met with her boundless love, generosity and deep faith in Jesus Christ. The less fortunate and shut-ins were dear to her heart as she regularly prepared and delivered holiday meals to them with a generous dose of her love. Her love showed each day of her 40-year career as a Cosmetologist as she created beautiful hairstyles for her cherished clients. Her family will forever remember the way her laughter lit up a room, playing marathon card games with her, and enjoying her chicken pot pie, apple pie, and homemade holiday candy. Memorial service at North Park Baptist Church, 2047 Prospect Ave., Orlando, FL 32814, at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 5, 2015. Reception following at the church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to North Park Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the care of Baldwin Fairchild West Altamonte.
Published in The Anniston Star on Mar. 3, 2015