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William McBride Yandell Jr.

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William McBride Yandell Jr. Obituary
William McBride Yandell, Jr.

Memphis, TN

William McBride Yandell, Jr. of Memphis, formerly of Vance, MS died on February 15. He was born November 2, 1925 in Greenwood, MS, the son of the late Margaret Sturdivant Yandell of Glendora, MS, and William McBride Yandell, Sr. of Greenwood, MS. Mr. Yandell, known as "Billy", was preceded in death by his younger brother Ben (Julia). Mr. Yandell graduated from Clarksdale High School and was a graduate of the V-12 program at Millsaps College and Columbia Midshipmen's School in New York City. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1948 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering.

Mr. Yandell was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Betty Sue Clifton Yandell. He leaves three wonderful children, William McBride Yandell, III (Jennifer), Yerger Clifton Yandell (Nancy) and Susan Yandell McKee. He also leaves six delightful grandchildren, William McBride Yandell IV, Philip McCaull Yandell, Sarah Clifton Yandell, Natalie Grace Yandell, Elizabeth Yandell McKee and John Baskervill McKee IV.

Mr. Yandell was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, as well as the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Sumner, MS. Mr. Yandell was a member of the Memphis Hunt and Polo Club, The Memphis Country Club, and was a past member of the Rotary Club of Sumner, MS and the Rotary Club of Memphis. Mr. Yandell was Vice-President of the Delta Council, which promotes cotton and was also an organizing director of the First National Bank of Clarksdale, MS where he served on the Board of Directors from 1964-1997.

Mr. Yandell was a World War II veteran and served on the U.S.S. Missouri as a commissioned Ensign where he witnessed the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender in September 1945 in Tokyo Bay. He began farming in 1948 and lived in Vance, MS most of his life until his retirement in 1995 when he moved to Memphis.

Mr. Yandell loved tennis and was an avid sportsman with duck hunting being his passion. He was a life member of both Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl.

The funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 20 at St. John's Episcopal Church, with the visitation following the service in the parish hall. A graveside service and burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 21 at Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson, MS.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Episcopal Church of the Advent, P.O. Box 366, Sumner, MS 38957 or to St. John's Episcopal Church, 3254 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38118.
Published in The Commercial Appeal from Feb. 17 to Feb. 19, 2017
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