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Franklin D. Yates

Franklin D. Yates, age 83, Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the James H. Quillen Veterans Administration Hospital. He lived most of his life in Erwin and is a son of the late James Arthur Yates and Addie Hensley Yates.

Franklin was of the Christian Faith. He was a self-employed Carpenter since the age of fifteen. Franklin was a United States Army Veteran.

He loved his cats, Gimpy and Jacob. Franklin enjoyed walking to Liberty Lumber every day and talking with his friends there.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, two sisters: Geraldine Gass (Frank), Jefferson City, TN and Barbara Arnold (Richard), Jonesborough; special niece, Tammy Johnson (Billy), Erwin; several other nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 1, 2019 in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Military Honors will be rendered by the Carter County Honor Guard. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery by 9:50 AM on Friday.    

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Yates family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Yates family.  (423) 743-1380.