Leona Smothers Yates, 82, of Cecilia, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. The Hardin County native was a member of Fairfield Baptist Church. She worked at Etown Sportswear more than 30 years and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Muriel Yates; her parents, Johnnie and Sarah Ellen Goodman Smothers; three brothers, Allen Smothers, Everett Smothers and Toby Smothers; and a great-grandchild. Survivors include four sons, Douglas H. (Lynn) Yates of Glendale, Danny Lee Yates of Elizabethtown, Terry W. (Debra) Yates of Harrodsburg and Richard B. Yates of Stephensburg; a brother, the Rev. Ernest Smothers of Elizabethtown; and a sister, Stella (Billy) Hyatt of Decatur, Alabama; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Bland, Austin Yates, Andrea Yates, Sarah Haven, Casey Ruckel, Amelia Yates and Maranda Yates; and 15 great-grandchildren. The funeral is at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with the Rev. Ernest Smothers officiating. Burial follows in Kentucky Veterens Cemetery-Central in Radcliff. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be expressed at www.brownfuneral.com.
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