Rev. William Albert Yates Jr.

Rev. William Albert Yates Jr., 70, died July 12, 2019. 


Rev. Yates was born Feb. 1, 1949, in Anniston, Ala., and was a loving father, grandfather and friend to all. He was a founder of New Canaan Ranch/Church of Salvation in 1983 where he was also a director and pastor. He was recognized with many humanitarian awards throughout his life including the Pulaski Citizen of the Year in 2007 and the 1992 Tennessee Governor’s Award for Community Service. He served many years as a Pulaski Police Chaplain. He was a member of the Jere Baxter Edgefield Masonic Lodge #254, and of the Giles County Ministerial Alliance. He is preceded in death by parents, Willie Albert and Johnnie Opal Bone Yates Sr.; and brothers, Jerry Yates and Glen Yates.


Visitation is today (Sunday) from 1-6 p.m. at Bennett-May & Pierce Funeral Home and Crematory. Funeral services will be tomorrow (Monday) at 4 p.m. with Roger Holley officiating. Burial will follow in the Mars Hill Baptist Cemetery. 


Memorial donations may be made to New Canaan Ranch, 5451 Columbia Highway, Pulaski, TN 38478.


Survivors include daughters, Renee Yates-Schrengost and husband Chris, Jenise Sands and husband Larry, all of Pulaski, Tammy Knight and husband Daniel of Lynnville, Jennifer Morgan of Spring Lake, N.C.; sons, William Albert Yates III and wife Cristal of Broken Arrow, Okla., Tommy Shelton and wife Sarah of West Morland; grandchildren, Karra Pardue and husband Zack, Ciera Baker and husband Issac, William Albert Yates IV, Tricia Kinard, Austin Schrengost, Payton Yates, Alanis Schrengost, Karla Lot, Drake Dykehouse, Dominic Morgan, Ashton Sands; great-grandchild William Kinard; sister Sandra Hamlett of Jolton; ex-wife of 33 years Brenda Reynolds of Lynnville; and several nieces, nephews and friends.