Mr. Russell Yates II, age 69, of Gainesville passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at his residence following a brief illness.
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A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service and one hour following the service at the funeral home.
Mr. Yates was born Nov. 13, 1944, in Dallas, Texas, the son of the late Russell Earl Yates Jr. and Elizabeth (Gross) Yates. He lived in Dallas until moving to Louisiana where he attended college at Tulane University, where he earned a Bachelor's of Mathematics degree. In the late 1970s, he moved to Atlanta, where he worked in the insurance and financial planning industry. In 1987, he opened Cattleman's Steakhouse on Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville, Ga. He continued working there until its closing the summer of 2003. Following his retirement, he worked various part-time jobs to keep busy. He loved spending time with his daughters, family, close friends and playing Uno.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Russell is survived by his daughters, Kristen Yates of Flowery Branch, Ga., Madisen Yates of Auburn, Ga., sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Kenneth Blackshear of Garland, Texas; nephews and niece, Kenny Blackshear of Garland, Texas, Steve and Corrie Blackshear of Florissant, Colo., Tom Blackshear of Forney, Texas, and Karen Birmingham of Wylie, Texas; a number of great-nieces and great-nephews; and several close friends.
For those who desire, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the National Bank of Georgia c/o the Russell Yates II account.
Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-297-6200, or for those who desire online condolences at www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.
Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel
989 Riverside Drive Gainesville, GA 30501
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on July 23, 2014