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Harold Thomas Yates

October 16, 1942 October 2, 2019
Harold Thomas Yates
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Obituary for Harold Thomas Yates

DURHAM: Harold Thomas Yates, 76, passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Duke University Hospital. Mr. Yates was born in Durham to the late Matthew Titus Yates and Minnie Ruth Harward Yates. In additions to his parents, Mr. Yates was also predeceased by his sister, Evelyn Yates Gregory.

Mr. Yates is survived by his wife, Patsy Phelps Yates; daughter, Cindy Yates; and sister, Carolyn Atkinson.

He was the owner of Garland Woodcraft Co. and active in numerous civic and professional organizations during his life – Tobaccoland Kiwanis Club, Quiet Birdmen (QB), Estimators (PCEA), Durham Exchange Club Industries Board Member, Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI).

Harold cherished flying his plane and spending time at Kerr Lake and other adventures like snow skiing, attending Darlington Raceway car races and RVing.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 5th in the Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to either the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852 or Boys & Girls Homes of NC, 400 Flemington Drive, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28540.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the dedicated staffs at Hillcrest Convalescent Center and Duke University Medical Center.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to

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Celebration of Life




2:00 PM 10/5/2019 2:00:00 PM
Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home

1117 Broad St
Durham, NC 27705

Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home
1117 Broad St Durham 27705 NC
United States

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