Joel Wayne Yates

July 5, 1936 ~ November 27, 2021 (age 85)


Joel Wayne Yates, 85, of China Grove passed away Saturday, November 27, 2021, at Angels at Heart.

He is the son of the late Fannie Lee Clampet Yates and Willie Price Yates born in Cabarrus County on July 5, 1936.

Joel served his country as a Sergeant in the US Army then started a career in law enforcement as a Cabarrus County Sherriff, Kannapolis Police Officer and as a NC State Law Enforcement Chemical Analysis Educator before retiring in 1995. He enjoyed being in the outdoors by hunting and fishing, he loved nascar and woodworking. He was also a Mason.

He is preceded in death by both parents, daughter Debbie Yates, brother Price Yates, sisters Willie Mae Yates & Colleen Yates Henry.

Those left to cherish him are his sons- Adam Wayne Yates Jordan (Rahshun) of Kansas City MO., Joel Wayne Yates II (Debbie) of Salisbury NC, grandchildren- Stacy Adams, Caitlyn Goodnight, Matt Yates, Cameron Yates great grandchildren Everlee Yates & Jacob Buckley.

Funeral service will be held at Salisbury National Cemetery Friday, December 10, 2021, at 2:00 pm with Military Honors given by the Lyerly Volunteer Joint Services Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to DAV Chapter 27, 2400 Rock Hill Church Rd. NW, Concord, NC 28027. Phone: (704) 720-0942.

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December 10, 2021

2:00 PM
Salisbury National Cemetery
501 Statesville Blvd.
Salisbury, North Carolina 28144


DAV Chapter 27
2400 Rock Hill Church Rd. NW, Concord NC 28027
Tel: 1-704-720-0942

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