Athens Review, Athens, Texas


February 27, 2014

L. M. Yarbrough

Athens — ATHENS- Funeral services for L. M. Yarbrough, 91, Athens is scheduled for 2 p.m., Sunday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Kyle Henderson and Dr. Bill Pemberton officiating.

Burial will follow in Elm Grove Cemetery, Mabank.

Mr. Yarbrough went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 in Athens after having a stroke.

He was born Sept. 7, 1922 in Miller Grove, Hopkins County to Elmer and Ruby Vera Petty Yarbrough. L.M. graduated from Miller Grove High School in 1941, and attended East Texas State College. He later finished his degree at SMU in Dallas.

He married Lucille Fern Turrentine Jan. 10, 1948. The Lord brought them together after they both had moved to the same neighborhood to find work. Mom always said she put her foot in the aisle of the street car in order for Dad to step on her foot.  They adopted their son David Oct. 29,1951, and became a loving family. They shared a wonderful 61 years together.

L.M. joined World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, where he obtained the rank of Master Sergeant. He belonged to the Fighting 69th Regiment where he worked at Headquarters Intelligence Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star for acts of heroism, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone for which he was very proud.

After his service to his country, he began his working career at Katy Railroad where he worked for 10 years. He then worked for Texaco Oil Company where he retired after 28 years. L.M. was a member of First Baptist Church, where he served along with his wife as Sunday school director, and later attended the Andrews Sunday school class whose members meant so much to his Christian life. He was a Deacon Emeritus.

L.M. is preceded in death by: his loving wife Lucille Fern Yarbrough; parents; sister Delynn Long; and brothers T. E. Yarbrough, Jack Yarbrough and Cecil Yarbrough.

Survivors include: his son David Yarbrough, Athens; sisters-in-law Erma Turrentine, Evelyn Yarbrough and Johnnie Yarbrough; a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Bob Foster, Kellin White, Lynn Clark, Bobby Jackson and Larry Morgan.

Visitation for family and friends will be 5-6:30 p.m.,  Saturday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

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