Glenn Yates

Glenn Yates

December 5th, 1927 - August 20th, 2020
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Glenn Rogers Yates, 92, of Roanoke, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

Known affectionately by her family as “Sister,” Glenn loved and prioritized her family above all else. She never missed a ballgame her son Jeff was playing in, from Little League through high school and college. Glenn also attended as many events as possible for her five grandchildren. Her support of her daughter Laura’s interest in piano continues to bless people through Laura’s work in music ministry. Glenn enjoyed playing tennis on Sundays with her husband Gilmer, as well as with many other playing partners as often as possible. She played regularly into her 70s and her love of tennis was bestowed to her daughter Penny and grandson Bently, who now plays at the collegiate level. Glenn was a graduate of Radford College who devoted her professional life to education. For more than thirty years Glenn worked as a health and physical education teacher in Danville schools, while coaching tennis and volleyball teams at the same time. She and Gilmer were longtime members at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Danville, where she taught Sunday School and led the Women’s Missionary Union for years. Glenn was an avid admirer and collector of a wide array of colorful flowers and took great pleasure in showing them off to family and friends.

Glenn was predeceased by her husband of more than fifty years, Gilmer Harvey Yates; as well as her eight brothers and sisters, Susie Barbee, Fitzhugh Rogers, Orlin Rogers, Bryan Rogers, Anna Moore, Aylor Rogers, Nellie Owen, and twin brother, Lynn Rogers.

Left to cherish Glenn’s memory are her children, Jeffrey G. Yates (Terry), Laura Yates Smith (Kirby), and Penny Yates Goodwin (Rob); grandchildren, Samantha Yates Nuckols (Rob), Tyler Yates (Bitsy), Stephanie Smith, Nathanael Smith, and Bently Yates Goodwin; great-granddaughters, Sadie Paige Nuckols and Peighton James Yates; many nieces and nephews; and beloved cat, Callie.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at Harmony Collection, as well as Mrs. Yates’s personal caregivers, for their loving attention to her.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2020 at Highland Burial Park in Danville, Va. with Rev. Kirby D. Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers the family encourages friends to make a contribution in Mrs. Yates’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org.

Arrangements by Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel.
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    August 24th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    August 24th, 2020 2:00pm
    Highland Burial Park
    3049 N Main St.
    Danville, VA 24540
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    Rev. Kirby D. Smith


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Nora Lea, Kate, Betsy Susan, & Stuart and our families

Posted at 08:57am
The children and grandchildren of Bryan Rogers are proud to plant a memorial forest in honor of his sister. We all loved her dearly . Love to family

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Nora Lea Reefe Posted at 01:43pm

We are so sorry to miss the service, but please know that we will be praying with you as you celebrate the life of this wonderful memorable woman

Suzanne Mundy

Posted at 09:45pm
Jeff, Laura Glenn, and Penny, I was so sorry to read of your mother's death. She was a wonderful neighbor in Surrey Hills and teacher at Tunstall High School many years ago. Please accept my deepest sympathy in your loss. May she rest in God's Peace. Sincerely, Suzanne Mundy

Rhonda Maddox

Posted at 07:39pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. AUB - Credit Administration
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Bonnie and Jack Cooper

Posted at 02:50pm
In 1999, the Danville tennis ladies held a birthday luncheon for Glenn. We all loved her and presented her with our birthday messages. Here's what I wrote about her then, and it is forever true: There once was a tennis player named Glenn, who beat us all with her spin, When it comes to love and charity, she is a true rarity, and that's why we all call her friend. For decades, I was privileged to know her and play tennis with her regularly,. My husband Jack and I always had the utmost respect for Glenn and all of her family. Our sincere sympathy and prayers are with all of the family.

Helen Parrish Hardy

Posted at 05:34am
Jeff, Laura and Penny,
I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a wonderful teacher and friend to those of us that had her in school. I am praying for peace and comfort to you during this time.

Helen Parrish Hardy

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