A wonderful partner, son, brother, and friend, Hardy Mike “Mikky” Yates was called home on Thursday, February 9th by our heavenly father. A kind, humorous, and God fearing man, he was respected and loved by all whose lives he touched.
Visitation for friends and family will be 6 P.M to 8 P.M on Friday, February 10, 2017. Funeral service will be at Grace United Methodist Church; 1402 Grape Street, Abilene, Texas on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11 A.M. Burial will follow the service at Elmwood Memorial Park; 5750 US Highway 277 South.
At 64 years old, he possessed a desire to lead a peaceful life. He loved arranging flowers and watching his favorite shows, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. His delight to play the organ for Grace United Methodist Church was remarkable, and a source of peace for him as well.
Mike was born in Abilene, Texas on August 10, 1952. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1971 and remained in Abilene working for Bank of Commerce, North’s Funeral Home, Dairy Queen, and Mrs. Baird’s, he worked at Mrs. Baird’s for 32 years in production and subsequently became inventory controller. Most recently he loved spending his time working at Gary’s Floral Gallery delivering flowers and bringing joy and smiles to all who met him.
Mike volunteered for Big Country AIDS Resources and for a short period became executive director. He was also a member of Texas AIDS Resources Steering Committee, being active in AIDS awareness was just another remarkable act of kindness that Mike displayed.
Preceded in death by his beautiful mother, Mary B. Yates and his father Alvie “Cotton” Yates, he leaves his partner of 28 years, Rick Casarez; a loving sister, Alvilene Tatum; and two nieces, Laura Amy Clark and husband Scott; Jeanne Tatum; and his loving dog Buster.
The family suggests memorial donations in Mike’s honor to rescue the animals.
Online condolences and can be shared with the family through www.elmwoodfuneral.com
Mike, RIP classmate. You are gone but not forgotten. Arthur Megginson, Abilene High School class of 1970.
Arthur MegginsonAbilene, TX
Our thoughts and prayers to his family
George and Jimmy AllenComanche, TX
Mike you were always a wonderful friend and we had many good times at Grace Methodist. Love to the family.
Condolences and prayers for the family of Mike Hardy Yates at this passing. May God Bless you and Give you comfort and wonderful memories of Mikky. Rest in Peace Mike Hardy Yates.
David KeeseeAbilene, TX
My thoughts and prayers go to Rick and the family. Mikky was loved by all. Rest in Peace, Mikky ♡
Suzette RayAbilene, TX
Mike will be deeply missed! He always brought a smile to everyone he encountered. Rick, our hearts go out to you and all of mikes family and friends! Prayers for peace and strength. We love you.
Andy and Steven
Andy and Steven WeaverAbilene, TX
Thoughts and prayers with you all. Mike was a funny and caring man. He will be missed.
Lisa and Aaron VannoyAbilene, TX
Mike was such a sweet man. He will be missed! Thoughts and prayers for all his family and loved ones. Rick, I'm so sorry for your loss! I love you!
Amy ThompsonAbilene, TX
So sad to know this kind, sweet man is no longer with us. Mike made everyone feel special and he will be missed. My prayers go out to Rick and all of those who loved Mike.
LeMoyne OdellAbilene, TX
Rick and the entire family of Mike, Heaven truly gained a remarkable angel! I am so very sorry to hear this news today. Mike was such an exceptional man, treated everyone with love straight from his heart....no matter if he just met you, or he knew you for years! Rick...you and Mike have always been so very dear to me! Sending prayers up for all of you. Love you, my friend.
Laurie PurkeyRockdale, TX
My heart and prayers are with you all! I'm so sorry for your loss!
May God Bless You with Comfort in the many months ahead!
Warm Regards,Patty Lockstedt
Patty LockstedtAbilene, TX