Lake Jackson Church of Christ
402 Center Way
Lake Jackson, TX  77566
Saturday, September 25, 2021
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Lake Jackson Church of Christ
402 Center Way
Lake Jackson, TX  77566
Saturday, September 25, 2021
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Billy Thad Yates

of Lake Jackson, TX

March 3, 1956 - September 21, 2021

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Billy Thad Yates, 65, of Lake Jackson, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 in Lake Jackson. Billy was born in Pontiac, Michigan, on March 3, 1956 to Bill and Melba Yates. He grew up in Pontiac where he married his high school sweetheart, Cindy. They were happily married for 46 years. He had two daughters, Chelsea and Haley that were his pride and joy. He loved to play golf, spend time camping, and go out in his boat with family. Billy was a longtime member of the Lake Jackson Church of Christ and was a strong Christian man who loved the Lord with all of his heart. He had a heart for service and traveled all over the world to assist those in need. After graduating high school, he went to work for General Motors/ Fisher Body. In 1981 Billy moved to Texas to find work. He went to work in the oil field and did some carpenter work before he was hired at Dow Chemical where he worked in Emergency Services for 33 years. He had the opportunity to work at the Sadara plant in Saudi Arabia for 3 years before he retired. Two years after retiring he went back to work for ME Global before he retired again in March of 2021. Billy discovered his lifelong passion in his volunteer job as a LJVFD fireman. He joined the department in 1986. He served as a captain before becoming the Assistant Chief in 1999 and held that title until he retired. Following his retirement from the LJVFD, he went to work in Saudi Arabia to help build the fire department for the new Sadara Plant. Fighting fires was Billy's passion. One of his favorite parts of his job was to teach the little ones in the schools and preschool, many of whom still call him Fireman Billy.

Billy is survived by his wife, Cindy; daughter, Chelsea Foster and husband, John; and daughter, Haley Yates. His newest love, his beautiful granddaughter, Allie. His sister, Jennifer Yates; brothers, Bruce and Robert Yates. As well as many brothers and sisters in law, nieces and nephews, and extended family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Melba Yates, and his grandparents, Jasper and Myra Wilkins and Andrew and Manilla Yates. As well as many of his beloved friends and family.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the Lake Jackson Church of Christ, 402 Center Way with visitation at 11:00 a.m. Flowers or plants can be sent to the church and any monetary donations can be made in Billy's name to the Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department.

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Abdulmajeed (Majeed) Al-Huthail
Jubail, Saudi Arabia, TX
Saturday, September 25, 2021

A great co-worker, father, brother and a firefighter!
I will always remember the small chats at work about how he loves his family/work and how to be a good father to a girl after I got blessed with my first daughter.

Billy was a brother not just to me! To all the Saudi young me he trained overseas.

I will never forget the sacrifice that you did leaving your home to train us how to be safe.

One of the biggest lost to the Hazmat community.

Majeed Abdullah

Allison Compton
Huntsville, AL
Saturday, September 25, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Billy was an amazing man, and I will never forget how wonderful he was. I have so many memories of him as a kid (I loved hearing the story of how he saved my older sister from toddling out a window) and he was such a blessing to my family when my dad (Chandler Westjohn) was sick and passed. He was truly a great person, and we will all miss him dearly.

Scott E Etzel
Concord, CA
Friday, September 24, 2021

Billy was a true hero! Not the type in slick movies, but a real life hard working, life saving dedicated man. One of the more humble people I've worked with, and a witness to Christ in his everyday life. Few could ask for more in a man. Rest In Peace brother Yates. You are in good company up there!

mark m sheak
Groveton, TX
Friday, September 24, 2021

Sad to hear about Billy. Worked with him at Dow for many years and thought of him as a friend. Prayers go out to his family

Ray Cook
Gilmer, TX
Thursday, September 23, 2021

What a sad loss, Billy was a geat and caring person and had a great dedication to Public Safety. We send our prayers out to his family.

Tonya Robertson
Amarillo, TX
Thursday, September 23, 2021

I'm just so sorry this has happened to your family. Our family loves this family immensely.

James, Tonya, Jared and Steph

Mike and Andrea Stephenson
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Cindy, Daughters and Entire Yates Family, I am still in shock over this one, Billy was certainly one of the good guys. Spent a lot of time with Billy on the road (TRANSCAER Tours, ES&S Training/Meetings, and Soma, Japan after the tsunami for Dow) and he always talked about Cindy and the girls - know that he loved all of you until his last breath! Truly thought of Billy as a Brother - kind, soft spoken, unassuming, professional, and no one better to share a fox hole. He will be missed, but remembered always!! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!