Cecil Grey Yeatts Sr. born 5/11/28 (93), passed away peacefully at his home in Farmville, VA on 9/21/21. He was the widower of Phyllis Doss Yeatts, who died 11/16/14 after 65 years of marriage.
He grew up in Crewe, VA before embarking on many adventures and careers throughout his life. He first worked at age 13 for the Civil Aeronautics Administration, then for the N&W Railroad and for the Fire Department at Camp Pickett Air Base. He joined the US Navy Seabees in January 1946 for two years in the Southwest Pacific and later two more years serving in the Caribbean on various islands. He remained in the Navy Seabee Reserves until he retired with 31 years service in 1977 as Senior Chief Petty Officer. He retired from the Richmond Health Department after 42 years in dairy product inspections. He also worked part time for 31 years as Special Game Warden with the Commission of Game and Inland Fisheries. He lived in Richmond for 43 years, before retiring to Farmville, VA in 1993 where he had met the love of his life in 1948 while they attended Longwood College.
Through the years while living in Farmville, VA Cecil developed a love for handing out signed two-dollar bills to everyone he met and was known by many as the “two-dollar bill man”.
An avid gardener all of his life, he shared vegetables, fruits and flowers with neighbors and friends. He despised the squirrels that raided his apple, peach, and pear trees.
He attended Baptist churches all of his life becoming a Deacon in 1984. As a member of Farmville Baptist Church he was voted Life Deacon, his greatest honor and proudest moment. He was also a member of Chesterfield Kiwanis Club for many years.
He was predeceased by his youngest son David Lee Yeatts (Richmond) and son-in-law Larry Morris.
He is survived by one brother Marshall Ray Yeatts (Susan) of Crewe, VA; niece Connie Young of Farmville, VA; daughter Brenda Sue Morris of Douglasville, GA.; son Cecil G. Yeatts Jr. (Carol) of Midlothian, VA; son George Alan Yeatts (Aileen), of Chesterfield, VA,; grandchildren Edward Bonham V (Lynne) of Caroline, VA; Dr. Cecil G. Yeatts III (Stephanie) of Byron Center, MI; Christopher Yeatts (Emily) of Moseley, VA; Jeremy Yeatts (Colette); Rachel Yeatts (Chris) of Richmond, VA; Amy Stanley (Jeff) of Beaverdam, VA; Killian Yeatts of Buckingham, VA; great grandchildren Madison, Abigail, Rylan, Mikayla, Jaxon, Greydon and Brigand.
Again joined with his dear wife Phyllis, his remains rest at Puckett Funeral Home, Farmville, VA, Visitation for family and friends is Sunday the 26th between 6-8 PM. Funeral Service is Monday the 27th at 1PM at Farmville Baptist Church followed by burial in Crewe Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Farmville Baptist Church. Puckett Funeral Home is serving the family. www.puckettfh.com.