Mr. John Richard "Dick" Yates

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Mr. John Richard "Dick" Yates, age 84, of Cumming passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009. Mr. Yates was a Navy veteran of World War II where he received a Purple Heart. During his service years he was a middleweight boxing champion. He was an alumni of Indiana State University. He was a 32nd degree Mason, Shriner and on the board of High Hope School for Challenge Children. He was a volunteer of the Red Cross and Salvation Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton Edward and Hazel Geneva Yates; two sisters, Rosemary Yates, Irma Yates Brummett; and a nephew, Matthew Brent Burdette.
Survivors include his nieces and nephews, Sue David, Bev Chafey, Kevin Burdette, Thad Burdette, Tracey Fuzesi, Greg Brummett, all of Indiana; 12 great-nieces and nephews; many great-great-nieces and nephews; his local family, Ron and Donna O'Neal and their children Veronica and Alexandra; Alan O'Neal and Elaine O'Neal and their daughter Alyson O'Neal Mitchell and her children McKenzie and Reese Mitchell.
Memorial service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. at Ingram Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Howard Caldwell officiating. The family will receive friends at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gateway LARC Mental Retardation Services, 5110 Piney Grove Road, Cumming, GA 30040.
Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in from Feb. 9 to Feb. 12, 2009