Roy E. "Jr." Yokley

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Roy E. "Jr." Yokley, age 69, of rural Bronaugh, Mo., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Moore Few Care Center in Nevada.

Roy was born Aug. 25, 1940, in Lamar, Mo., the youngest of the 11 children of Roy and Loubelle (Leatherman) Yokley. He grew up on the family farm that became his life-long home, and his love for farming and livestock production remained strong throughout his life. In addition to farming, Roy worked as a carpenter and foreman in bridge construction, first for Pohl Construction in Nevada and then for many years for Snyder Bridge Construction in Joplin, retiring in 2003. He also served as president of the Moundville Public Water District.

On June 23, 1961, Roy married Sarah Davis, who preceded him in death Dec. 10, 1982. Also preceding him in death were his parents; four brothers, Jake, Charlie, Fred, and Eldon Yokley; and two sisters, Loretta Danley and Alma Rumph.

On June 3, 1984, Roy married Kathy (Baldus) Coatney, and she survives of the home. Also surviving are four sons, Perry and wife Janis Yokley, Pleasant Hill, Mo., Kyle Coatney, Overland Park, Kan., Eric and wife Darth Coatney, Yuma, Ariz., and Douglas and wife Sarah Yokley, Carl Junction, Mo.; two daughters and their husbands, Theresa and Jim Dalby, Liberal, Mo., and Krystal and Mathew Williams, Belton, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Jake, Jayden and Lauren Dalby, Evan and Samantha Yokley, Kairyn Williams, and Chase Coatney; four sisters, Ella Yount, Independence, Mo., Erma Dick, North Kansas City, Mo., Peggy Pottorff, Wellsville, Kan., and Shirley Smith, Blue Springs, Mo. and a large extended family.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, at Hannon Free Will Baptist Church where the family will receive friends from noon until 1 p.m. Burial will be in McKill Cemetery, southwest of Bronaugh.

The family suggests memorial contributions to McKill Cemetery, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

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