Dr. William R. "Bob" Yates

Born in Meade County, KY on July 6, 1924

Departed on October 2, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Dr. William R. “Bob” Yates, 92, of Hendersonville, TN passed on to his heavenly reward on October 2, 2016.
Born on July 6, 1924, Bob developed many wonderful qualities which will live on forever in our hearts. He will be remembered as generous, outgoing, kind, and loving toward all those he encountered. He earned his undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University and went on to earn his doctorate at the University of Louisville’s Dental School. Bob never knew a stranger and had many friends at many local restaurants where he was a regular. Being a people person, he had compassion on those less fortunate and he volunteered his dental expertise to countless patients over the course of his career. Irma recalls, “He was a good man,” and indeed he was.
In his spare time he enjoyed the outdoors; namely, fishing and golfing. His lake house on Kentucky Lake was his retreat from the cares of daily life. Bob wasn’t a fan of television; in fact, he preferred to read a good book or work through a word search. He also liked to play cards and enjoyed winning at every chance he could. Family was his top priority and he took every opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-plus years, Claudine Yates. Bob is survived by his partner and best friend, Irma Pardon; daughters, Elena Eulo (Vince) Valva, Jackie (Jerry) West, Jill (Steve) Dunlap; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sister, Pauline Vessels; and his beloved canine companion, Sassy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s honor to the Hendersonville First United Methodist Church’s general budget fund, 217 E. Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Please be sure to note your memorial donation in Dr. Bob Yates’ honor.
A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2016 beginning at 3 p.m. at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church. Hendersonville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 615-824-3855 hendersonvillefh.com

3 Comments to Dr. William R. "Bob" Yates

  1. Jim and Shirley Cantrell
    October 5, 2016 9:19 pm

    We were sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a wonderful, fun man. We enjoyed lots of fun years square dancing and social gatherings with Bob and the other square dancers. God Rest Your Soul old friend.

  2. Jerry Rasnic and Susan Vick
    October 6, 2016 2:34 pm

    I have had the pleasure of working with Steve Dunlap, who is married to Bob’s daughter, Jill. Unfortunately, I never met Bob, but Steve always spoke of Bob with affection and admiration. I tended to believe that Steve may have seen a little of himself in Bob, or vice versa. Rest in peace Mr. Yates.

    All of us at Hospital Corp of America (HCA), that know Steve and Jill, extend our condolences to all of the Yates’ family and friends.

  3. David and Stephanie Dauenhauer
    October 6, 2016 2:50 pm

    Sending our condolences at this difficult time. Steve and Jill, you and your families are in our Thoughts and Prayers in a special way.

    Rest in Peace Mr. Yates.

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