In Memory

Wayland Davis Yates (Ovalo Eagles) - Class Of 1940

Wayland Davis Yates

December 21, 1922 - July 3, 1970

Waylon Yates Dies of Crash Injuries

San Angelo-Wayland Yates, 47, former Hardin Simmons University news director who had served in the Angelo State University journalism department for five years, died in a San Angelo Hospital Friday afternoon.

Mr. Yates died of injuries received June 24 in a single airplane crash. He had been in critical condition since the accident which occurred shortly after takeoff at Mathis Field here.

Three other men were injured in the crash, including Dr. Lloyd D. Vincent, president of ASU.

Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church here with burial in Fairmount Cemetery under the direction of Johnson's Funeral Home.

A former Big Spring Herald city editor, Mr. Yates was a member of the H-SU public relations staff for six years, 1959-1965.

Born Dec. 21, 1922 in Taylor County, he was a graduate of Ovalo High School and received a BA degree from H-SU in 1949.

Articles written by Mr. Yates have been widely published in newspapers in the southwest and in special interest magazines. He served at one time as a member of the public school text book selection committee.

Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy Kincaid, the daughter of Mrs. W.L. Kincaid and 1474 Minter Lane in Abilene and the late Mr. Kincaid; one son, Kent of the home; two daughters, Kay and Diana, of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arch Yates of 1318 N. 15th in Abilene.

Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, TX 4 Jul 1970