Herbert Hoover Yates, age 88, of Worley Road, Banner Elk, passed away Tuesday evening, June 13, 2017, at his home.

Herbert was born November 3, 1928 in Watauga County, a son of the late Edward C. Yates and Mamie Matheson Yates. He retired from Appalachian State University where he worked in food services. Herbert was a member of Bethany Baptist Church, where he was a Deacon and Choir Leader.

Herbert is survived by his wife, Doris Barnes Yates of the home; two daughters, Wanda Yates and Vanessa Rupard and husband Gary, all of Banner Elk; one son, Eddie Yates of Banner Elk; one brother, Ralph Yates and wife Evelyn of Boone; three granddaughters, Melanie Winkler and husband Dale of Boone, Amanda Greer and husband Daniel of Trade, Tennessee, and Michele Trivette and husband Sammy Joe of Banner Elk; two grandsons, Travis Rupard and wife Carolyn, and Chadley Rupard and wife Hannah, all of Banner Elk, and his great-grandchildren, Eli Winkler, Ben Winkler, Caleb Clark, Weston Trivette, and Addison Trivette. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven sisters, Gladys Presnell, Rose Edna Harmon, Marilyn Trivette, Ruby Yates, Wilma Shook, Irene Storie, and Lola Townsend, and three brothers, Winford, Tommy, and Everett Yates.

Funeral services for Herbert Hoover Yates will be conducted Friday morning, June 16, 2017, at 11:00 o'clock, at Bethany Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 10:00 until 11:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Reverend Harvey Presnell and Reverend Gene Carver. Burial will follow in the Yates Cemetery, conducted by Reverend Richard Trivette.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening, from 6:00 until 8:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Yates Cemetery Fund, in care of Vanessa Rupard, 1078 Upper Crab Orchard Road, Banner Elk, North Carolina, 28604, or to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street NW, Lenoir, North Carolina, 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Yates family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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