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Earl Yelton, 81, Earl Yelton Road, Unicoi, died Saturday April 2, 2011, following a lengthy illness.
He was a native of Mitchell County, N.C., but had lived in Unicoi County for the past several years. He was a son of the late Wes and Pearl Forbes Yelton.
Mr. Yelton served his country in the U.S. Air Force for three years prior to serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was awarded a Purple Heart.
He loved working in his yard with his flowers and in his garden where he shared the surplus from both with friends and neighbors. Even though he was a severely handicapped veteran he never allowed this to interfere with his willingness to help others. Mr. Yelton will be long remembered by many people for his acts of kindness and will be sorely missed.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Randy Yelton, in 1995; four sisters: Ruth Palmer, Mary Graybeal, Charlotte Hilmon, and Willie Norman; three brothers: Clyde Yelton, G.B. Yelton, and George Byrd.
Survivors include two grandchildren: Shannon and Amanda Yelton; two sisters: Ann Melton and husband Kyle, Aiken, South Carolina; Dixie Lee Hoilman and husband Fred, Unicoi, and several nieces and nephews, with whom he had a very close relationship.
Funeral service was held Monday, April 4, at 1 p.m., in the the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Special music was provided by soloist Larry Pate and organist Inez Chandler. Committal service followed in Roselawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Road, Suite 102, Johnson City, Tenn. 37601, and James H. Quillen Hospice Fund, Volunteer Services, P.O. Box 4000 Mountain Home, Tenn. 37684.
Unicoi Funeral Home was in charge.