March 20, 2010
Lela Beatrice James Yates, 85 of Columbus, MS passed away Thursday, March 18, 2010 at Home Place Assisted Living, Columbus, MS. Graveside Services will be held Monday, March 22, 2010 at 2 PM at Piney Grove Cemetery, Steens, MS with Bro. Sammy Crawford officiating and Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing. Mrs. Yates was born September 22, 1924 in Little Rock, Newton County, MS to the late Thomas A. and Marietta Bounds James and was a resident of Columbus, MS since 1954 having moved from Union, MS. She retired in 1989 after 35 years of service with United Technology. Mrs. Yates was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, Columbus, MS. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Harvey Yates and her son, James Wilbur Yates. Mrs. Yates is survived by her daughter – Barbara (David A.) Littell, Bradenton, FL, three grandsons – Brad Yates, Greg Hughes, Sean Hughes and five great grandchildren – Kristen Stammer, Paul Stammer, Gillan Hughes, Ian Taylor and Jordan Hughes. Pallbearers will be James Bradley Yates, Gregory R. Hughes, II, Kevin Sean Hughes, Ian N. Taylor, David A. Littell and P. J. Stammer. Memorials may be made to Unity Hospice Care, 1085 Stark Rd., Suite. F, Starkville, MS 39759 or the charity of donor’s choice.