Retired Marine active with Kiwanis Club, Habitat for Humanity

Community remembers Charles Yates

Bruce Christmas, left, of the Chipley Kiwanis Club, presented Charles Yates with a plaque honoring his 16 years of service to the Kiwanis Club on July 3, 2012. Yates, 78, died Dec. 30 at his home in Chipley.

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 05:59 PM.

CHIPLEY — Charles E. “Chuck” Yates was remembered Thursday, Jan. 3, for his many contributions to Chipley and Washington County.

Yates, 78, of Chipley, died Dec. 30 at his home. He was born April 27, 1934, in Chipley to the late William Edward and Eva Elvie (Gainey) Yates. A retired Marine Corps colonel, and he had returned to Chipley after 30 years of service to his country.

“Mr. Yates was an outstanding man, not only by his service to his country as a fighter pilot, but also from his service to his community,” said Ted Everett, director of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. “He was an outstanding man.”

On July 3, Yates was presented with a plaque by the Chipley Kiwanis Club in honor of his 16 years of service to the club.

“He was an active member and was chairman of the Sponsored Youth Committee until his health made it where he couldn’t do it anymore,” Chipley Kiwanis Club President Jan Page said. “He was always active, and he cared about the kids of this community.”

A member of the First Baptist Church in Chipley, he was also very active in civic and community affairs. Yates was a founding member of the Habitat for Humanity Washington County chapter, and the Habitat For Humanity Thrift Store was closed Thursday in his memory.

“When I first met him, he was Colonel Yates,” Page said. “It took a while before he let you into his other side.”

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