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Judge Elwood Floyd Yates, Sr
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Birth: Mar. 18, 1903
Charles City County
Virginia, USA
Death: Aug. 31, 2010
Powhatan County
Virginia, USA

Honorable Elwood Floyd Yates, Sr.::;

He gave his best days always.

39,248 wonderful Yates days.

Or 107 years, 5 months, 13 days which equals=
3,391,027,200 seconds
56,517,120 minutes
941,952 hours
39,248 days
5606 weeks (rounded down)

YATES, Sr. Elwood Floyd, 107, of Powhatan, died in his 108th Year of our Lord, surrounded by his family on A.D. August 31, 2010.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Charles and Elia Avery Yates; and his wife of 69 glorious years, Mrs. Mary Bowles Yates. Floyd was the last surviving member of a family of 12 ( A Yates Dozen) of Charles City County, Yates.

He was the longest ever also eldest serving Masonic Mason ever in Virginia. He had the Top Degree. 33rd, world's oldest active member of Lions Club International, and Ruritan Club.

He served as an honorable Judge.
National Democrat Party Chairman of Virginia. Many meeting of national, world, and international importance where held at both of his historic residences Erin Hill and Erin Oaks.

Uncle Floyd retired as a NEW Vehicle Ford/Mercury dealer/owner after 54 years. ( We bought all our FORD's from him ) He as well owned the Pure Oil Company, and many bank Board of Directors.

He was elected with by a vast majority of his constituents while he represented all of Powhatan and Chesterfield counties as a delegate in the Virginia General Assembly from 1940 to 1951.

His first bill he submitted, sponsored, and was passed was the Virginia Cemetery Bill, which forbade any destruction and/or plowing them under.

He alone saved the Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) from being becoming extinct when he was Chairman of Virginian Wildlife. Yes this is the Bird which the Country TURKEY attained that name. Tom, hen , and poults all.

He is survived by his son, Col.(Ret.) Elwood Floyd Yates Jr. and wife, Vickie; four grandchildren, Mrs. Kathy "Muffy" Yates Vestal and husband, Marty, Mr.and Mrs. Elwood F. Yates III and , Brandi Yates, Mr.William M. Yates (Ret) Virgina State Trooper , Gov.'s Helicopter Pilot Mr.William M. Yates, Mrs.Ashley G. Fitch and husband, Christopher; seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Shirley Wade and Sherri McKenna for their loving devotion in caring for Floyd especially to the 5 O'Clock Boys, who added much joy, Virginia spirit(s), and years to his life.

Powhatan United Methodist Church. Interment Powhatan Community Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Powhatan United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 147, Powhatan, Va. 23139.

"Dear Messer whoever you are:

Thank you for putting his picture on Find a Grave. It is my favorite picture of Uncle Floyd who was special to all members of our family.

My first recollection in my life was when A. Mary was at "the old place" and we fugured it was probably in June 1926 and she was standing by the dresser telling me what a husband was, for she had married him on his 23rd birthday.

I was given by another family member the letter my grandmother Bowles wrote to A. Mary
at S.T.C now Longwood University saying Papa did not have the $100 to send her back to Farmville in 1922(there were no scholarships then even if you were valedictorian of the high school class which she was), so to Ellerson, Virginia to teach where she met the love of her life, E. Floyd Yates and added another bright light to our families.

Mary Elizabeth Harvey De Mallie, DAR, Bloomfield, Essex County, N.J.

I was named for my mother's two sisters:Mary Ellen Bowles and Freda
Elizabeth Bowles d. flu 1918 and had I had a daughter she would have been Mary Ellen De Mallie, named for Mary b. Yates.

E. Floyd Yates, Sr. STATE PARK OPENS!

Governor McDonnell (R-Va.) Participates in Grand Opening Ceremony for Powhatan the 36th State Park

New Park on the Banks of the James River Becomes Virginia's 36th State Park

POWHATAN COUNTY - Governor Bob F. McDonnell (R-Va.) today joined state and local officials on the banks of the James River as Powhatan State Park opened its gates, becoming the Commonwealth's 36th State Park.

"Not every governor has the opportunity to open a state park during their time in office," said Governor McDonnell. "This park will become an economic and cultural boon to Powhatan County and will provide increased access for all Virginians to the beautiful James River and a wealth of outdoor activities."

Governor McDonnell gave the keynote address during an afternoon ceremony with speakers including Delegate Lee Ware, Powhatan Board of Supervisors Chair Barry Hodge and other dignitaries. Throughout the day exhibitors from state and local organizations including the Powhatan Historical Society, James River Association and Virginia Museum of Radio Entertainment provided information on a variety of outdoor, cultural and historical activities. A free concert followed the ceremony and a ribbon cutting at the new park's river canoe launch.

"Virginia's award winning state parks are well known throughout the country as some of the best managed," said Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech. "Virginia is truly blessed to have all these natural resources."

Virginia's newest state park offers three picnic shelters, a children's playground, a canoe slide, equestrian parking, seven miles of multi-use trails and two miles of hiking trails. The park also includes a park office, maintenance area and staff residence. Local volunteers were instrumental in developing the park's trail system.

"This new state park along this historic stretch of the James River has already become a source of pride for many in Powhatan County," said Joe Elton, state parks director for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. "Local efforts led to the park's conservation area being named for local icon E. Floyd Yates. I think it's telling that this is the first state park to have an active volunteer group before its gates opened."

The E. Floyd Yates, Sr. area and Park, 1,564 acre Powhatan State Park with 2.5 miles of frontage along the southern bank of the James River located at 4616 Powhatan State Park Road, Powhatan, Virginia 23139.

400-acre E. Floyd Yates Conservation Area initial cost to develop the whole park was $7.5 million. The yearly operating budget is about $400,000.

For more information on all of Virginia's award-winning Virginia State Parks go to or call toll-free 1-800-933-PARK (7275).

French Protestants called Huguenots settled nearby.

He was loved by one and all. He was my mentor!

Bio by Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian 
Family links: 
  Joseph Charles Yates (1879 - 1927)
  Ella Ashton Avery Yates (1882 - 1969)
  Mary Ellen Bowles Yates (1903 - 1996)
  Joseph Ashton Yates (1901 - 1995)*
  Elwood Floyd Yates (1903 - 2010)
  Ella Virginia Yates Friesen (1905 - 2002)*
  Charles Silverthorne Yates (1907 - 1993)*
  Carrie Onelia Yates Fenton (1909 - 2001)*
  John Avery Yates (1911 - 1935)*
  Edna Burnley Yates Eargle (1915 - 2000)*
  Austin Mercer Yates (1916 - 1916)*
  Frank Raymond Yates (1918 - 1936)*
  Robert Christian Yates (1924 - 2010)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Jonathan Robert De Mallie says THANK YOU for your great management of my Great Uncles Memorial here Messer! Your awesome !
Powhatan Community Cemetery
Powhatan County
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Judge Elwood Floyd Yates, Sr
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Sir Elwood Floyd Yates, Senior
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian
 Added: Aug. 8, 2016
Uncle Floyd you are missed and loved!Your being a 33rd Degree Mason helped so so many peopel too GOD Blessed us by you!
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian
 Added: Nov. 22, 2015

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