Francis James “Jim” Yates, 54, of Bremen passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville. He was born on September 16, 1966, in Louisville, KY, to the late Thomas Jasper “TJ” Yates and Noma Jean Boyd Yates.
Jim was a 1984 graduate of Meade County High School where he was a proud member of the first Green Wave Basketball team to go to the state tournament. He attended and played basketball for the Western Carolina University Catamounts and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University. He attended Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Bremen and recently retired after 21 years of service from Green River Correctional Complex.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hezzic and Sally Yates, Julia and James Kesterson; father, Thomas Jasper Yates; uncles, Frank Yates, Keith Kesterson; aunt, Wanda Yates Kiper; mother-in-law, Clara Divine.
He is survived by his loving family; wife, Kimberly Jo Divine; beloved daughter, Bailey Francis “Frannie” Yates; son, Michael Grant Pride; mother, Noma Jean Yates; brother, Thomas Jasper Yates; aunt, Deniel Kesterson; father-in-law, Joe Robert Divine; brothers-in-law, Chaun and Lori Divine, Eric and Julie Divine; nieces, Carson Yates, Harley, Alana, Erika and Chloee Divine; nephews, Cory and Josh Divine, Cy Yates; great nieces, McKenna and Atalie Divine; great nephew, Wyatt Divine.
A Graveside Memorial will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Bremen, KY. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Gideons International, cards and envelopes available through Tucker Funeral Home, or make donations to a cancer research or support charity in Jims Name. The family would also like to thank everyone for the prayers, love and support they have received during this difficult time. Tucker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.tuckerfuneralhomes.com.