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Ann Green Yates

March 30, 1926 — December 10, 2020

Our Mother and Matriarch, Ann Laura Green “Yates”, a very special lady, was born in Dyersburg, TN on March 30, 1926 and went to Heaven on December 10, 2020.  She was truly a part of the “Greatest Generation”.  The daughter of Daniel Parker Green and Anna Green (brothers James and Daniel Green), Ann grew up during the Great Depression. The family moved all over the country, living in Arkansas, Oregon, California and eventually finding their way back to Dyersburg at the beginning of WWII.  Ann graduated from Dyersburg High School Class of 1944. She continued her studies at Vanderbilt/Peabody University majoring in Education. Ann met her husband of 58 years, Horatio Seymour Yates, while at Vanderbilt.  Already a WWII Veteran and fellow student, Seymour won her heart by inviting her to a Cumberland Church revival.  As a life long Cumberland Presbyterian Church member, that was the key to her heart…a good looking and Christian young man. They married June 24, 1949 and Ann began her teaching career in History and Home Economics.  They started their family in Nashville and moved back to Dyersburg in 1969.  Anna “Moody” (Dyersburg, TN) was born 1st, followed by Kathryne “Burks” (Franklin, TN), Charlie Yates (Murfreesboro, TN) and Danny Yates (Rogers, AR).

Ann was a proud member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity at Vanderbilt University. She paved the way for both her daughter (Anna Moody) and granddaughters (Morgan Cowherd and Brenna Yates) to join some 65 years later.

Ann was an active member of many Civic and Charitable organizations.  She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R) since 1952.  She enjoyed the Book Club, Garden Club and Bridge Club also.

Ann’s legacy was her strong and loving family.  She was certainly the Matriarch. Life in the Yates’ home was and continued to be filled with laughter, jokes, cabin/lake trips and pure joy.  Ann lived in the home built by her father in 1927 when she passed.

Ann exhibited every one of the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22):  She Loved and was loved by everyone…Her family was Joyful because of her…She had a calming Peace about her…She had to exhibit Patience due to her rambunctious family…She exuded Kindness and brought that gift out in others…She was Good down to her soul…She was Faithful to her family, friends and God…Her Gentle nature kept the family together…She always showed Self-Control.

Ann Yates was rich (in love) and beautiful inside and out.  She was the epidemy of the classy Southern Belle, complete with her charming accent.

She will welcome into Heaven (one day) with open arms her 4 children…Anna Moody (Jimmy), Kathryne Burks, Charlie Yates (Courtney) & Danny Yates (Sherri) plus 13 Grandchildren and 20 + one on the way Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Dr Dan Green (Beverly) and Sister-in-Law Mrs. Jo Green.

The family wishes to thank all her amazing and wonderful caregivers Kelly Robertson, Kathy Shaw, Jennifer Edwards, Diane Lacey, Lauren Huey, Kathey Hicks and Shirley Hatch.

Due to the families concern for the safety of others, funeral services for Ann Yates will be private.  Friends may watch the funeral service live on Curry Funeral Home’s Facebook page beginning at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

The family requests memorial be directed to Dyersburg Cumberland Presbyterian Church Benevolence Fund, 2280 Parr Avenue, Dyersburg, TN. 38024 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105.

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