In Memory of



Obituary for Billy Yates

Billy Robert Yates, the son of Edward Wayne Yates, SR and Shirley E. Hazelwood Rice was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky on May 14, 1974, and passed away in Little Rock, Arkansas on January 12, 2023, at the age of 48 years.
He was of the Baptist Faith and member of the Flat Rock Community Church. He loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed to be outdoors and spending time with his family. He enjoyed his pet cats and animals he acquired over the years. He loved riding his motorcycle. He was the most caring individual one could ever get the chance to meet. He would give you the shirt off his back. Not because you needed it, just because you liked it. The one who always had your back. He was just Bubba!
Billy was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William and Lillian Hazelwood, paternal grandparents, Walter and Alice Yates, and his bonus dad, Earl Jesse Rice. Survivors are his mom, Shirley E. Rice of Greenbrier, Arkansas, his dad, Edward Wayne (Pat) Yates, SR of Cecilla, Kentucky, brothers; Edward Wayne (Janie) Yates Jr of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Dannie (Leah) Yates of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Cody (Brittany) Rice of Quitman, Arkansas, sisters; Joanie (Joshua) Elliott of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Frankie Padgett of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and a host of beloved family, and friends.
A visitation will be on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Family Funeral Service from 6:00 until 8:00 PM and funeral services will be on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at Flat Rock Community Church at 2:00 PM by Rev. Stan Sutterfield. The burial will be in Flat Rock Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Eddie Yates, JR, Travis Yates, Bobby Brown, Marc Roberts, Jerimiah Rice, Chris Reed, Kelly Gideon, Jason Kunde, Dewayne Skinner, Doye Whorton, Eddie Pryor, Wayne Carr, Devin Brown, and Cody Rice.