Tellico Plains Alderman Harkey Yates, pictured with his wife Marianne at the Square Dance
during Tellico Plains' 100-year celebration this past July, died unexpectedly Saturday morning.
|Published: 8:44 AM, 12/28/2011
||Last updated: 8:48 AM, 12/28/2011
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
A longtime Tellico Plains
alderman and prominent business owner died Saturday, Christmas Eve, leaving community members
shocked and sadden.
Alderman Winford Harkness "Harkey" Yates, 65,
was found dead Saturday morning in Tellico Plains. Yates was the great-great-great grandson of
Bucky Hunt, one of the first settlers of Tellico Plains and the founder and first pastor of New
Providence Missionary Baptist Church.
Yates' love of his
community was apparent in his 21 years of service as an alderman on the Tellico Plains city board.
He was sworn in for the first time on June 14, 1990. Yates also owned Yates Trustworthy Home Store,
a prominent local business, since 1967, and Monroe Trucks.
was a talented music man, serving as music director of First Baptist Church for 30 years. He
currently attended New Providence Missionary Baptist Church.
Yates was a 1964 graduate of Tellico Plains High School, and later attended Hiwassee College.
Close friend and former Tellico Plains Mayor Charles Hall said Yates was always a "fine kid."
"I remember when he was born," said Hall. "I watched him grow
The former mayor reflected on Yates' service to the
"He was dependable here in the community," said Hall. "He
was never afraid to let it be known how he felt or how things should be done and that's
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