Tommy Michael Yates, born in Mineral Wells Nov. 8, 1947, went home to his Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Weatherford.
He was the son of Alice Harris Yates and J.D. Yates. He graduated from Mineral Wells High School in 1966 and proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp as an infantry man walking point daily in the Quang Tree Province of Viet Nam on the Laotian Border. He was a Sergeant E-5 and earned the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Meritorious Mast and RVNMUC Gallantry Cross w/ Palm and Frame.
Tommy had a long career in the outdoor advertising industry and also worked for Upham Oil & Gas.
Tommy had a love for Texas Longhorns and was a lifetime member of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association. He judged Longhorn shows in many states across the U.S., as well as the Calgary Stampede in Canada.
Tommy is survived by his wife, Norma Porter Yates of Weatherford; son Michael T. Yates of Austin; daughter Shelby and husband Wes Genz of Weatherford; and son Robert Freeman of Mineral Wells. He is also survived by a sister, Betty Barnes of Bakersville, CA.; and three nieces: Michelle, Dawn and D' Anna, along with their children. Tommy is also survived by his best friend and former business partner, Jim Odom of North Richland Hills, Texas, whom Tommy considered a brother.
Tommy's kind heart and giving nature will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17 at the Fairview Baptist Church in Mineral Wells with Pastor Travis McGaughey officiating.
Condolences may be left at www.bcbfuneralhome.com.
Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home