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Reverend Ray Yates, 79, of Marianna, went home to be with the Lord, December 22, 2009. Joseph was born on January 9, 1930 in Aily, Virginia, and had lived in Marianna for the past 18 years, coming from Pace. Rev. Yates had been a minister for over 48 years and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Cypress Creek Baptist Church in Kinard. Mr. Yates was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Frances Yates. Survivors include one son, Ray Yates, and his wife, Beth, of Lawrenceville, GA; one daughter, Karen Yates, of Tallahassee; four brothers, John Yates of Douglas, GA, Garner Yates of Chambersburg, PA, Bob Yates of Greenville, NC, Charles Yates of Cleveland, VA; one sister, Dimple Yates, of Chambersburg, PA; and one granddaughter, Debra Yates of Atlanta. Funeral services were held Monday, December 28, at 11:00 a.m. (CT) at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Levy Cooper and Rev. Jim Hankins officiating. Interment followed after the service at Pinecrest Cemetery in Marianna. All arrangements were under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown (ph. 850-674-2266).

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