Joseph Burnett Yates

Joseph Burnett Yates, 75, of Elizabethtown, died Thursday, October 31, 2019 at University of Louisville Hospital having been recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He was a native of Meade County, and a member of St. James Catholic Church and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Campbellsville. He was the division chief of environmental services for the Department of Army retiring after 35 years, and was a pilot. He was a former Vice President of the Kentucky Jaycees and a chairman of the Hardin County Airboard for 21 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford Eugene Yates and Josephine Marie Burnett Yates. He is survived by his only love, his beloved wife and best friend, Judy Yates. The two have been together since he was 17 and she was 14 years old. He is also survived by two sons, Joseph Stephen Yates (Jennifer) of Sunfish and Eric C. Yates (Terri) of Vine Grove; a brother, Clifford Eugene Yates Jr. (Betty); a sister, Judith Marie Watts (Richard); a brother-in-law, Mark Stephen Falkovich (Vicki); a sister-in-law, LaDonna Michalek; two grandchildren, Sean A. Yates (Danisha) and Evynne Yates; a great grandchild, Nova Faye Yates; and a large, loving family of nieces and nephews. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church with Rev. J. Scott Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any no kill shelter, any animal rescue, or ASPCA. Condolences may be expressed online at



Tuesday, November 5, 2019 starting at 11:00 AM
St. James Catholic Church

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