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Mr. Willie James Yearby, Sr., 55

Willie James Yearby, was born December 28, 1962 to Ms. Willie Pearl Yearby and the late Raiford Yearby, Jr. He transitioned this life on February 18, 2018 at South Georgia Medical Center.  Willie James attended Brooks County High School and graduated in 1982. His previous employers included Presbyterian Home, Walmart and South Georgia Medical Center.  He was self-employed as a DJ "Yerb", alone with his passion for doing yard work and helping anybody that needed work done.  Willie James has made many people smile during his life with his jokes and kind words.


He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and has shared with others, especially his family how good the Lord had been to him especially during his illness. 


Willie James was preceded in death by his grandparents Noni and Raiford Yearby, Sr. and Carrie Bell and Willie James Hightower.  


Willie James leaves to mourn; his devoted wife, Shular Yearby; Six children, Kimberly, Willie James Jr.,                Michael Yearby, Jessica Wiggins, Sidney Fanoga, and  Ebony Yearby-Tupua; Three stepchildren, Kayla Simpson, Santania Simpson and De'Vonte Simpson and his mother-in-law Betty Simpson; Sister-in-laws and Brother-in-laws Wanda Martn (Willie), Twila Lester (Kenny), Kaleda Allen (John L), Pauline; 15 grandchildren; Siblings; Raiford Yearby, Shirley Denise Newsome (Charles), Elizabeth Diane Dobson, Taretha  Arnold, Faye Yearby, Veronica Lisa Yearby, Tasha Yearby and  many loving nieces and nephews. Loving Aunt Vera (Thomas) Newsome, Adel, GA, Uncle Cleveland and Aunt Ernestine Yearby, Barney, GA.  


Funeral services were held Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Thomas Chapel Baptist Church in Valdosta with Elder Gloria Moore Wright officiating. Burial followed in the Pallbearers Cemetery in Valdosta. Condolences may be made by visiting Stevens-McGhee Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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  • Friday, March 02, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Stevens-McGhee Funeral Home
  • Friday, April 20, 2018
    To the family of Mr. Yearby, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. The Bible calls death an enemy and understandably so! Soon God will bring an end to death forever!
    ~ Damion   Quitman, GA
  • Friday, April 20, 2018
    To the Yearby Family: Our heartfelt condolences for your loss! Please be reminded that Jesus taught us to pray: "Our Father in the heavens." (Matthew 6:9) Our heavenly Father has given Jesus an important share in resurrecting the dead. (John 6:40) In Paradise, Jesus will fulfill his role as the resurrection and the life." (John 11:25) He will reunite you with your cherished Willie to enjoy the exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.
    ~ The Pratt Family   Miami, FL