Thomas Brooks Yates

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Thomas Brooks Yates was born August 9, 1947 in Lexington, KY to Thomas Payne and Jean Elizabeth Brooks Yates. He departed this life on June 15, 2020 in Columbus, OH.

Thomas graduated from Henry Clay High School in Lexington, KY. He went on to serve in the US Army and was stationed at Fort Riley, KS during the Vietnam War.

Thomas was employed by IBM and Transferred to Columbus, OH. He opened his own business, Business Machine Center, with locations in Westerville and downtown Columbus. After closing his company, he worked in maintenance for Walmart Optical Lab until they closed in 2009, at which time he retired.

Thomas’ favorite hobby was riding Harley Davidson motorcycles. His passion for the bikes, as well as the culture, followed him all his days. He was a lifetime member of the Innkeepers MC. He also belonged to Christian Motorcyclists Association.

Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Payne and Jean Elizabeth Brooks Yates.

Thomas leaves to cherish his memory, life partner, Ann Bradley; sister, Yvonne Giles; brother, Gene Yates; children, Tina Curtis, Tira Hamilton, John-Thomas (Amber) Yates, Timothy (Angel) Yates, and Julie (Robert) Olinger; niece, Michela Giles; 14 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Memorial Service 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Inurnment at Dayton National Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Tira,
    My heart goes out to you and your family. I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and wish you comfort and peace as you remember your father.

  2. Phyllis Spillman

    So sorry for this passing of Thomas Yates…….prayer for comfort to Gene Yates and all family members…

  3. Tira, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  4. Earl ( aka Outlaw-Innkeepers MC }

    I pray the Lord grant you all Peace, Comfort and Understanding in your time of bereavement.
    Tom will be greatly missed by me as we have been good friends and club brothers since the late 70s. We have covered alot of territory together. Memories!
    May the God bless and keep the Yates family, Ann and all of Tom’s loved ones.
    Rest in Peace “Wrench” Innkeepers MC

  5. Lady Rose & Akron InnKeepers M.C.

    So sorry for your loss! Condolences

  6. Tira,

    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May peace be with you and your family as you mourn his loss and remember the stories of your lives together.

  7. Tira – I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Im so sorry for the loss of yall dad brother my EX husband he was a good man ,Gave me the best gift anyone could have given me and that was the teaching about God Jesus and the bible he had to be at work early mornings but stay up all night answering questions about the bible for me i will never ever forget his kindness and patients thank tou Thomas B. Yates i know your resting now and i praise God your not suffering anymore.

  9. Carey Washington

    I just want to say he is a amazing stepdad I spent 10 years with him he was a caring and loving person he cared about so much he put me and uncle and boyscouts he wanted the best for me and my uncle I’m gone miss him I just love Thomas b Yates your step son Brent Washington until we meet again

  10. Donnetta Little

    Tina & Tira, Tim and John, so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. May God bless you all and family at this time of bereavement. You are in my prayers.

  11. Yates family, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Yates. His laugh will forever live in our minds. To know our friendship/family-ship started over 40 years ago, it is hard to image the sorrow you all feel right now. Know that we are sending prayers and strength your way.

    The Keels family

  12. Mr Yates was a much loved former patient of mine. We often talked about Harley rides as we had it in common. His gentle sense of humor and shining spirit made knowing him a rewarding part of my nursing career. My prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends.

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