John Kimble Yates, 69, died Friday. John loved surf fishing, working on race cars, tractor pulling and drag racing. His family and children meant the most to him. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Madison Yates and two brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Jackson Yates of the home, children, Kimberly Smith (Dave), Johnsie Demarest (David) both of Winterville, Justin Kimble Yates of Raleigh, Matt Barbee, Ashly Barbee, both of Zebulon, his mother, Shirley Mitchell Yates, brothers, Donald Yates (Elaine) of Maine, David Yates (Vicki) of Oak Island, grandchildren, Shaye Sorber, Caleb & Maesie Demarest.
Flowers welcomed or memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
Funeral service 3 pm, Tuesday, Strickland Funeral Home Chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. Visitation 1:30-3 pm, prior to the service. Burial, Clyde’s Chapel Baptist Church. www.stricklandfuneralhomes.net