Ernest E. Yates, 85, of Ashland, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, in Community Hospice Care Center. He was born May 6, 1924, to the late Rev. Rod Yates and Blanch Neal Yates in Johnson County, Ky. His wife, Louise Yates, preceded him in death.
He retired in 1989 as the owner and operator of Yates Wrecker Service and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Fred Yates.
Surviving are a son, Robert Yates and wife Brenda of Catlettsburg; a daughter, Tootie Howard and husband David of Willow Wood, Ohio; three grandchildren, Joey Yates, Tina Adams and Teresa Preston; 6 great-grandchildren; a brother, Hershel Yates of Fla.; and a sister, Thelma Whites of Mich.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lazear Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Chuck McCormick. Interment will be in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Community Hospice Care Center, 1538 Central Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101.