Obituary For Charles Edward Yates

December 29, 1967 - April 26, 2021

Charles Edward Yates, 53, passed away Monday afternoon, April 26, 2021, at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro.

A memorial service will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, May 15th, at Fair Funeral Home Chapel.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service.  Military Honors will be rendered by the U.S. Navy and Rockingham County Veterans Honor Guard.  

Born December 29, 1967 in Charlotte, NC, Charles was a retiree of the US Navy after 20 years of service.  He was a Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class where he had received numerous accommodations such as National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, NATO Medal, Global War Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal with Bronze Star, Kosovo Campaign Medal.  Since his retirement from the military, he has worked as a sales associate for the ABC Board in Greensboro.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa O’Dell Yates of the home; two children, Trevor Yates and Katelyn Yates of Oak Ridge; his father, David Wilson Yates (Joyce) of Charlotte; his mother, Cynthia Gardner Benton of Locust; brother, Robert Yates (Katrina) of Mint Hill, Michael Yates (Kirsten) of Charlotte and Glenn Benton of Midland; sister, Denise Dover of Charlotte; nephew, Daniel O’Neil of Bowie, MD; his mother-in-law, Nancy C. O’Dell of Eden; and sister-in-law, Rene O’Neil of Summerfield.

Charles was preceded in death by his step-father, Moffatt Benton.

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