Bobby Joe Yeatts was born Sept. 1, 1928, in Wilson. His parents were J.C. and Min Yeatts.

He lived most of his childhood in the Wilson area and also lived in Tulsa, Lake Charles, Louisiana and Ardmore. He graduated from high school from Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore and attended the University of Oklahoma. Bob was a horse enthusiast from a very early age. He played polo at OMA and raced horses at Remington Park and other tracks and left a quarter horse legacy for his great-grandchildren at Hatfield Ranch. Bob was in the hardware business, then furniture and appliance business and finance business in Wynnewood and Pauls Valley from 1948 to the present. His ability to always speak with all his customers and remember them every time he saw them was an amazing trait and probably one of the reasons he was such a successful business man. His business now in Pauls Valley is Yeatts Home Furnishings and Yeatts Finance and will be continued by the family. He always appreciated his employees and they will continue to operate the businesses. Bob spent time with his sons racing pigeons and many people around the state remember him for that fun hobby. He built a baseball diamond for his children early in their lives so they could all be involved in the baseball and softball world and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren continue that tradition today. He loved to teach life lessons, especially of hard work, integrity and determination. He married Cleta Joye Abbott in August of 1947. She was the love of his life and the mother of his children. She preceded him in death in 2007. Bob passed away Tuesday, Feb. 3rd with his family at his side at Pauls Valley General Hospital.

We appreciate the loving care of the hospital staff. The family wants to give special gratitude to his caregiver, Susan Sexton who cared for our dad during the last 14 months of his life. She was indeed a guardian angel for him.

His loving family includes his children, Judy J. Hatfield of Norman, Bob Yeatts and his wife, Charlee of Bixby, John and his wife, Dorthy Yeatts of Ardmore and Jim Yeatts of Norwood, N.C. Judy’s boys are Dak Hatfield and his wife, Robyn and their sons Hudson and Chase of Ft. Worth and Dray Hatfield and his wife, Erin and their son Whitten of Norman. Bob’s boys are Cullen and his wife, Christi and their daughter Paige of Chandron, Neb., and Cody and his wife, Lisa and their child on the way in Bozeman, Mont. John’s family includes his children, J.C., Brandi and Jason Yeatts of Ardmore and Tracy Crawford of Wynnewood. J.C.’s children are Chloe and Clete of Ardmore. Tracy’s son and grandson are Kyle Crawford and his son Kyle Crawford II. Jim’s girls are Cory Yeatts of Austin, Texas and Erin Yeatts of Hilton Head, S.C.

The family will have a private ceremony at Hatfield Ranch to celebrate the life of their father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. The family has suggested to anyone so inclined to do a random act of kindness for someone instead of sending flowers to the family.

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