Wilburn Kenneth Yates
Wilburn "Ken" Yates, 85, went to his heavenly home on January 26,
2018 surrounded by loved ones who will greatly miss him.
Throughout his life, he was absolutely devoted to his wife, daughters,
grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was a loving husband and
father who always showed his family support and unconditional love.
He served his country during the Korean War and was a man of
strong faith. He believed and shared the power and strength of Jesus'
love and the beauty and peace that would await him after his passing.
He had a wonderful sense of humor and a passion for music. He
shared his musical talents and giftings in his final years through
volunteering and serving his community. He was well known as a
caring and compassionate person, and he put the needs of others
before his own. It was the simple things around him in life that he
never took for granted, commenting daily how fortunate and thankful
He leaves behind his loving and devoted wife, Gerry, of 65 years, his
daughters and sons in law, Cheryl & Rodney Estess, Sandy & Butch
Hyden, Jodi De Smidt, Juli Sheley, and Linda Adkins. He was lovingly
called Papa by his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and he
leaves behind Brittany & Wally, Cayla and Boog, Julia, Judy, Sandy,
Katie, Candice & Lincoln, Andrew & Jenifer, Jacob, Ella, Breven,
Johnny, Faith, Layla, Avalyn, Lela, Madison, McKenna, Zoey, and
Paislee. He leaves behind siblings, Irene Thompson, Hilda & Sam
Hesler, Larue & Marilyn Yates, Gerald & Lynn Yates, Hazel Akers,
and many other family members and friends who also loved him
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, January 29,
2018 at Community Baptist Church, 37 Oloh Road in Sumrall, MS.
Visitation will be from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and service begins at
1:00 PM with graveside services to follow at Community Baptist Church Cemetery.