Mrs. Wanda Lucille Yates, age 94, Jonesborough, passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at NHC Healthcare of Johnson City.
Mrs. Yates was born April 13, 1926 in Johnson City, TN to Ed & Maude Treadway. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Lawrence Luttrell and Robert Yates, son, Ronnie Luttrell, sisters, Naomi Gillette and Peggy Cloyd and son-in-law, Wayne Slark.
She graduated from Lamar High School where she played basketball. After graduation she went to work in the lab at Oak Ridge where she took part in the Manhattan Project. Later she discovered she helped develop the first atomic bomb.
She owned & operated Tri-City Lettering for many years. She was an avid sports fan that loved going to ETSU basketball games and watching the Lady Vols and Atlanta Braves. She loved traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.
She was a member of Boones Creek Christian Church where she attended regularly until she became disabled. She was a devout Christian who loved the Lord, and lived it every day. Everyone who met her was touched by her sweet smile.
Those left with treasured memories include three daughters, Sandra Slark, Cathy McCoy (Joe) and Beth Tipton (Scott); step-son, David Yates; seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and one on the way, and one great-great granddaughter; several nieces, nephews and one very special niece, Tammy Cloyd.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to NHC Healthcare, especially station three, Sam, Bridgette, Chris, Kristy, Laura NP, mom’s sweet roommate, Emma Moore, and all the wonderful caregivers who touched mom’s life in a very special way.
Friends may come by Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home Friday, October 30, 2020 from 9:00-6:00 pm to view and sign the register.
Private graveside services will be conducted Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Tri-City Memory Gardens for close friends and family.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Shannon Luttrell, Jeremy Tipton, Tyler McCoy, Cody Preciado, Cameron Smith and Layton Smith.
Patty Matthews & Kathy Thomas
Wanda had such a dynamic personality and positive attitude. She smiled a lot and had a kind heart. Our two families have known each other for over 50 years and even though we lived in different states for most of those years, we always remained close. We have been through some good times and bad. And whenever we did get a chance to visit each other, it was as if we had never been apart. Wanda was a wonderful friend and will truly be missed. We will never forget her and send our love to Sandy, Kathy & Beth and families. We love you and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Patty/Gary Matthews and Kathy Thomas
Deanna Beard Kaywood
Prayers for your family. Mrs Wanda was a precious lady. Love you all.
The Bonsor Family
Thoughts and prayers for the family. What a wonderful person she was
Wanda was one of the finest women I've ever know. I sure was blessed to have her for a step mom. She made my dad the man he was. Hugs and prayers to all!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Wanda was such a sweet lady and such a joy to be around. She always said the sweetest things and had the sweetest smile. I feel very blessed to have known her and the family. They will always have a very special place in my heart ❤️..
Virginia & Ben Adams
We are so Sorry about your Mom. She was such a Nice & Sweet Friend to all of our Family. Please sign our names on the book, I have been sick since April, but doing better, but can’t get out, hope you all understand, will be Thinking & saying a Prayer for you & your Families. Love You Sandy, Cathy & Beth
Paul and Debbie Masters
Dear Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Wanda and my mother the late Frances Treadway Deakins were first cousins. May God Bless You and give you strength for the days ahead.
I loved caring for Miss Wanda. She was the sweetest patient of all. I will miss her deeply. My thoughts and prayers to her family who was also always so kind to us.
My sincere heartfelt condolences to my x sister-laws, Cathy, Sandy and Beth. I loved your mom as much as I did my own mother. She was a wonderful mother in law from the time I married into the family until now. I loved her and I will truly miss her. I thank God that she was a big part of my life for so many years.
Carol sells carter
Im so sorry to hear about your mom,she was a joy
Never forget when Sandy and I rode with her to Knoxville and she got on
A one way road. We laughted and laughted all the way home
Bob and Ronnie are rejoicing to have her home
Such good memories
Prayers for all of you
Praying for each of you
She was a delight, never forget when she took sand and myself to Knoxville and she
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