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John Michael Yates

October 11, 2018

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John Michael Yates, 89, of Moneta, VA, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Woodhaven Nursing Home in Montvale, VA. He was the loving husband of Shirley Lou Yates for 63 and one half years, and passed away in her arms.

Also surviving are daughter, Candace E. Helmondollar (Richard) of Mc Gaheysville, VA; son, Brett Ashton Yates (Regan) of Roswell, GA; grandchild, John Helmondollar; estranged grandchildren, Ethan Yates and Jade Yates; sister-in-law, Joan Stokes; many nieces and nephews.

Born Wednesday, January 30, 1929 in London, England, he was the son of the late John Charles Yates and the late Norah Ines Yates. John proudly served in the British Navy for eight years and the U.S. Army for six years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and went on to work as an engineer for Dupont for 34 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia, 355 Rio Road West, Suite 102, Charlottesville, VA 22901 or the charity of your choice.

Miss Me – But Let Me Go by Author Unknown: When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me, want no rites in gloom filled room. Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little – but not too long and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared. Miss me, but let me go. For this journey that we all must take and each must go alone. It’s all a part of the Master’s plan, a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to the friends we know, and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds. Miss me – but let me go.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Smith Mountain Lake, is assisting the family.

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