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Jesse Ray Yates

April 28, 1928 September 1, 2018
Jesse Ray Yates
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Obituary for Jesse Ray Yates

DURHAM: Jesse Ray Yates, 90, passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at his home in Durham. He was born in Durham, the son of the late Annie Lou Hancock Yates and Jennings Ross Yates. In addition to his parents, Mr. Yates was also predeceased by his brother Darrell D. Yates and his wife of 65 years, Violet Creel Yates.

Mr. Yates was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. He was employed for 20 years at WTIK Radio Station as a part-time Gospel DJ and retired from Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company after more than 30 years. He was a scoutmaster from the 1960’s until 1982. Mr. Yates received the silver beaver award for his many years of distinguished service to scouting. He led groups of scouts to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico on two occasions. He was a vigil member of scouting’s Order of the Arrow and a member of the National Jamboree cook team where he was honored to serve the King of Sweden.

Mr. Yates is survived by his sons, Steve Yates (Polly), Rodney Yates (Jeanine); grandchildren, Lori Seymour (Adam), Brian Gregory Yates (Jennifer), Kevin Anthony Rich Yates (Beth), Noah Cameron Yates; and great-grandchildren, Megan Yates, Alexandra Yates, Brayden Yates, Carson Yates, Molly Yates, Aria Seymour, Ethan Seymour, Madison Seymour; sister Patsy Elliott; and brother Robert Yates.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm on Monday, September 3rd at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. A funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, September 4th at Clements Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow the services in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

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

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6:00 PM 9/3/2018 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/3/2018 8:00:00 PM
Clements Funeral Home

1105 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705

Clements Funeral Home
1105 Broad St. Durham 27705 NC
United States

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2:00 PM 9/4/2018 2:00:00 PM
Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham

1105 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham
1105 Broad Street Durham 27705 NC
United States

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Woodlawn Memorial Park Final Resting Place

2107 Liberty St.
Durham, NC 27703

2107 Liberty St. Durham 27703 NC
United States

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