Robert Lee Yeager, 87, of Cleveland
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Robert Lee Yeager, 87, of Cleveland died Friday, May 9, 2014, at Walter B. Crook in Ruleville.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014, at Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Celebration of Life Services will immediately follow beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will be in New Cleveland Cemetery.

Mr. Yeager was born on May 25, 1926, to Robert Lee Yeager and Louella Doughty Yeager in Natchez. The family moved to Skene in 1934 to farm. Mr. Yeager graduated from Skene Consolidated School and attended Delta State College before going into service. He served in the Army Medical Corp in both Korea and in the Army of occupation of Japan, returning home from service; he married his high school sweetheart, Margery Bays. He continued his education at Mississippi State University receiving a degree in Agriculture Education. After teaching two years in the Veteran’s Administration Program in DeValls Bluff, Ark., he returned to Skene to manage the family farm. He loved farming and enjoyed it immensely until his retirement due to health reasons in 1991.

He was a charter member of Covenant Presbyterian Church which he loved and attended regularly as long as possible, a member of the Mayflower Society, the Germana Heritage Association, Production Credit Association, MS Farm Bureau, Delta Council, Mississippi Rice Growers Association and the Soybean Association. He served on the boards of directors of Greenville Production Credit Corp, The Bolivar County Farm Bureau, the Skene Civic Improvement Society and was on the first Board of Directors of Bayou Academy.

Mr. Yeager was a devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather. His love of his family gave him an interest and desire to research past generations. This began his genealogy hobby and maternal bloodline to the Mayflower.

Mr. Yeager is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Emma Jo Woodruff; and a brother, William Cecil “Billy” Yeager.

Mr. Yeager is survived by his wife, Margery Bays Yeager; sons, Robert Yeager III (Linda) of Skene; daughters, Margaret Ann St. Peter of Boyle and Susan Yeager Gleason of Madison; a brother, Jimmy Yeager (Neysa) of Cleveland; granddaughters, Kim Yeager Abide (Gary), Laura Yeager Miller, Lacey St. Peter Fitts (Paxton), Wendy Yeager Holladay (Rob), Sonya St. Peter Canfield (Jonathan), Andrea Yeager Edwards (Aaron) and Anna Michele Gleason; and a special niece, Bettye Hill; 14 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Gary Abide, Rob Holladay, Paxton Fitts, Jonathan Canfield, and Aaron Edwards.

Honorary pallbearers will be David Arant, Buck Beckham, Boo Ferris, Deb Gee, Joey Herbison, Laurence Mellen, David Robinson, Ken Owen, Houston Weaver, and Tommy Worthy.

Memorials may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 896, Cleveland, MS 38732 or the charity of your choice.

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