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Charles Yates
  • May 13, 1927
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  • December 23, 2019

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Charles Edwin Yates, 92, of N. Fort Myers, FL passed away on December 23, 2019 at his residence. He was born on May 13, 1927 in Louisville, KY to the late William Patrick Yates and Mary (Livers) Yates. Charles enjoyed golfing, swimming, and dancing. Charles was a proud veteran of the United States Army, serving in Germany during WWII. He then worked as a Police Officer, and on Sept 10, 1951, he joined the department, served as a patrolman in the 4th and 1st Districts, served in the Vice Squad from 57 to 62, served in the Detective Bureau until 1970, transferred to the ETU unit until he was transferred to the Mayor’s office in 1973 to Dec. 1976 when he retired from the department. Some of Charles memorable experiences was security duty for President, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, also met Goldwater, Regan and Carter, helped form the FOP in 1962, elected National Trustee for 4 year, served on Legislative Committee for 14 years. Retired 12-15-76, went to work for State Government as Assist Director of Labor Standards Division, retired 3-1-91, then work 4 years as OSHA Commissioner until 3-1-97. Charles is survived by his loving wife, Audrey M. Yates; his daughter, Donna Vincent; his daughter, Susan Carter; his son, Charles Edwin Yates, Jr; his daughter, Julie Mayfield; his brother, Bernard Yates (Wanda); his sister, Laverne Parish; his sister, Joanne Yates Hall; his sister-in-law, Emmie Yates; his step children, Edward (Terry Lawler, Sean (Stacey) Lawler, and Patricia (Daniel) Bird; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Mary Lou Yates, and his brothers, Earl Yates and Kenneth Yates. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm with a Memorial Service celebrating the life of Charles starting at 5:00 pm on January 9, 2020 at Owens Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40216. Burial will follow on January 10, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, 2501 N. Dixie Blvd., Radcliff, KY 40160. Arrangements are under the care and trust of Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Society, Ft. Myers, FL.


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January 9, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Baldwin Brothers Crematory
4320 Colonial BlvdFt. Myers, Ft. Myers

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  1. Ryan lit a candle:
    20 Apr 2020
    Lit since April 20, 2020 at 4:39:09 AM

  2. Penny Struble says:
    02 Jan 2020
    With deepest sympathy. What an amazing life . Peace to Aunt Audrey and all Charlie’s family.

  3. Victoria Walling says:
    29 Dec 2019
    My darling Aunt Audrey my heart goes out to you and the family. I know how much you love Charlie and how much he loved you. U2 had a beautiful life together and that something that makes you have beautiful memories and those memories are going to help you get through these tough times. I just want you to know that I am thinking of you and I was wishing that I was closer so I could give you a big hug. But I am sending you my love my prayers and my hugs. I love you to the moon and back and when you’re ready to talk I am here for you anytime. My sincere condolences to you and to Charlie’s family and to everyone else about Charlie. I love you❌⭕️❤️☹️

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