Barbara Laine Yates
May 26, 1940 – August 26, 2022
Barbara Laine Yates, 82, of Mineral, Virginia, passed Friday, August 26, 2022 at the home she lived in with the love of her life, James Aubyn Yates Jr., whom preceded her in April 2022. Barbara passed peacefully in her sleep. Barbara was born in Southampton County/Courtland, VA to Stephen Joseph Gyoker Sr. and Nina Mae “Denson” Gyoker; both have preceded her, as well. Barbara is survived by her brother, John Wayne Gyoker (Rita) from Kill Devil Hills, NC. Barbara was preceded in death by two sisters, Judith L. Gyoker and Maryanne Gyoker.
Barbara was blessed with 6 children, Betty Sue Copeland (Joey) of Suffolk, VA., Lynda Gayle “Lynn” Adams (Tim) of Ashland, VA., Charles “Chuck” Carr (Dana) of Suffolk, VA., James “Jimmy” Carr of Suffolk, VA., James Albert “Jay” Joyner of El Paso, TX., and Sgt. Christopher S. Joyner (Dawn) of Mineral, VA.
Barbara is survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins whom all miss her dearly. Barbara loved her church family at Bethany Christian Church in Bumpass, VA; especially her best friend, Mary Collins. Barbara loved her flowers, crafts, quilting, and making jewelry. She also loved being surrounded by wildlife, with bird feeders all over the yard for the birds to enjoy.
Barbara had many careers, but the ones she enjoyed the most was being a wife and mother. She will always be remembered by her strengths, love of God, and being the best friend she could be. Visitation will be held Thursday, September 1, 2022 at Bethany Christian Church in Bumpass from 1-2pm. Services will start directly after from 2-3pm. All are welcome. Funeral Arrangements are being held by Lacy Funeral Home in Mineral, VA.