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Jimmy Wayne Yates

Jimmy Wayne Yates, age 66, of Mena, Arkansas died on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas. He was born on Tuesday, November 30, 1954, to Walter Isaac Yates Jr. and Bivian Dorene Frith Yates in Bastrop, Louisiana.

Jimmy loved the Lord and always put God first in his life. He received the greatest joy from attending the First Assembly of God Church in Mena, where he served as a deacon. Jimmy served proudly in the United States Army as a Motor Pool Sergeant. He was a welder for most of his life and did a lot of work in shipyards. He also did purchasing for his brother-in-love’s company, Dumas International. Jimmy was an energetic person who liked to tease his friends and family. He always tried to raise everyone’s spirits and loved to spread the word of the Lord. Every day he would have breakfast with his wife, Sandra, after their morning devotional and later he would study his bible. He truly loved God with all his heart. Jimmy liked to listen to Gospel music and ride in his friend’s airplane. He was a great husband and father who loved to play baseball with his kids in their youth. He enjoyed grilling and was known for his delicious ribeye steaks. Jimmy was a member of the National Rifle Association. Jimmy was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Jimmy is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Sandra Lee Yates of Mena; three sons and daughters in loves, James and Erica Miller of Austin, Texas, Phillip Wayne Yates of Virginia, and Robert Yates and fiancé, Charisse Yates of San Diego, California; six daughters and sons in loves, Rachel Stevens of Houston, Texas, Jamie and Mark Munter of Clanton, Alabama, Tina and Donny Hayward of Nolanville, Texas, Kimberly and David Truelove Oglesby, Texas, Ambre and Gary Wilson of Bayou Vista, Louisiana, and Sage Hunsinger of McGreggor, Texas; two brothers and sister in law, Walter and Retha Yates of Bullard, Texas, and Johnny Yates of Tyler, Texas; one sister and brother in law, Toni and James Dumas of Patterson, Louisiana; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Assembly of God in Mena. Visitation is general. Interment will be at the Fort Smith National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to Warriors for Christ International at 301 CR-3914, Bullard, TX 75757.

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