Thursday, January 26, 2023, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at
the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta.
11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Quiram Peasley Funeral Home,
With profound sadness, we announce
that our beloved mother, Irma Lee Parn Yates, of
McLean, passed from this life to her heavenly home
on Friday, January 20, 2023. Born in Pontiac, Irma
was residing with family in Hendersonville,
Tennessee, at the time of her death.
At the glorious age of 91, our mother’s spontaneous
and irrepressible spirit continued to inspire a more
thoughtful appreciation for life and all the things
God has created for the benefit of humankind. Loving
God’s people and looking out for one’s neighbor was
more than a concept to her; instead, it was a way of
life often practiced at the expense of her own
comfort. Irma possessed a joy and laughter that
filled our hearts until they overflowed with a
boundless thirst for more. Her hilarious outlook
showed us how to appreciate the little things in
life and treasure friendships and family above the
fleeting things of this world.
Irma’s love for her children, grandchildren, and
great-grandchildren knew no bounds. Her abiding
faith in Christ, her determination to face every
difficulty with persevering hope, and her unwavering
courage in the good and bad of life are the legacies
that will constantly live within our hearts. Our
beloved mother will be greatly missed, but her life
and memory will be forever cherished, causing us to
praise our Heavenly Father that we were allowed to
be in her presence, if only for a season.
Irma was born on August 30, 1931, to the late Harold
and Anna M. Gerken Parn. She married her husband,
Charles L. Yates, Jr., on June 18, 1949. He preceded
her in death on April 6, 2010. Charlie and Irma were
blessed with three children, Kenny L. (Jona Clayton
Booth) Yates, Charlene A. (Larry) Cripps, and Debbie
L. (Scott) Wilcox.
In addition to her children, six incredible
grandchildren survive Irma: Angelea (Brian) Karr,
Josh (Lesley) Baxter, Heather (Thomas) Miller,
Theron (Brittany DeRiggi) Yates, Amanda Wilcox, and
Drew (Jessica) Wilcox. Irma also enjoyed the
blessings of nine wonderful great-grandchildren:
Cambryn Karr, Colin Karr, Payden Miller, Brooklyn
Miller, Kadyn Wilcox, Ava Wilcox, MaKenna Wilcox,
Mason Baxter, and Evelyn Baxter. Irma is also
survived by her sister, Janice Parn, and three
brothers, Tony (Nena) Parn, Gary (Chris) Parn, and
Niles (Susan) Parn.
Irma was preceded in death by her brother, Harold
Parn, Jr., two sisters, Juanita Anderson and Carol
Durfee, and one daughter-in-law, Bobbi Sue Yates.
Irma retired as an insurance agent for the Insurance
Shop in Atlanta. She was a faithful member of
Heyworth Faith Fellowship Church in Heyworth.
Funeral services for Irma will be held on Thursday,
January 26, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the
Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta, with
Reverend Chuck Brannock officiating. Visitation will
be held from 10:00 a. m. until 11:00 a.m. Burial
will follow at the Roaches Chapel Cemetery in rural
Memorials may be made at St. Jude Children’s
Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home is assisting the family
“Blessed are those who die in the Lord, for they
shall rest from their painful labor under heaven,
and their works shall follow them.” (Revelation
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