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Austin Shelby Yates

August 8, 1990 ~ July 16, 2018 (age 27)


Austin Yates passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home that he shared with his older brother, Tyler Yates, in downtown Chicago, on Monday, July 16, 2018, at the age of 27. 

Austin was born on August 8th, 1990, in Quincy, Illinois, to Scott Yates and Terri Clifford Thornton. He was the youngest of three brothers, Phillip and Tyler Yates. 

For those that knew Austin, you know he was cut from a different cloth than most people. Whereas most people define success based on material possessions and worldly statuses, Austin defied those normative social standards. Instead, he measured his life based on living in the moment. Simplicity, loyalty, and authenticity were the greatest hallmarks of his life. 

Austin was an advocate for helping others in pain. His heart broke for the marginalized of society. Whether a friend or stranger, Austin always went out of his way to comfort those who were suffering. Even if he lacked a solution, Austin would offer his friendship and time to ensure others were not alone.

His sense of perspective was profound. Austin saw through the superficial appearance of people to surround himself with the unloved and neglected and, through an authentic sense of community, restored dignity in those the world considered undignified. 

Austin was an advocate for those the world deemed lost. As Jesus said in Luke, chapter seven, "...He who is forgiven little, loves little." Austin exemplified this teaching in every part of his life, because he himself faced a life filled with challenges far outside of his control. It is for this reason he surrounded himself with those that the famous author and priest, Brennan Manning, called the "ragamuffins" of the world. 

Our fondest memories of Austin are rich. He was an entertainer by design. The sound of his laughter and his ability to make us laugh, hour after hour, will live on with us forever. He was self admittedly a cheap date, always preferring Taco Bell over the finest steak house and considered cereal its own food group. The only rivalries in his life to cheap food were his love for the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers and his unmistakable impressions of Forest Gump, Sean Connery, and many others. 

Survivors include his parents, Scott Yates (Mary) of Loxley, AL and Terri Clifford Thornton of Quincy, IL; two brothers, Tyler Yates of Chicago, IL and Phillip Yates (Stephanie) of Austin, TX; two step-brothers, Christopher Cornwell (Jessica) of Mendon, IL and Nathan Cornwell of St. Louis, MO; two step-sisters, Heather Morrone (Nick) of Silverhill, AL and Kayla Tournear (Derick) of Loxely, AL; his paternal grandparents, Carl and Lou Yates of Hannibal, MO; his maternal grandparents, David Clifford (Susan) of Quincy and Sharon Cross of Quincy; one uncle, David Clifford (Kathy) of Quincy; one aunt, Amy Yates of Hannibal, MO; and his very special friend, Kaitie Ovenden of Brisbane, Australia. 

Austin was preceded in death by his aunt Sarah Roth.

Graveside services will be held Monday afternoon immediately following the visitation in Curless Cemetery in Mendon, Illinois with Pastor Joey Phillips officiating. 

Visitation will be Monday morning from 11:00 until 12:30 pm in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home. 

Memorials may be made to The Cardinals Care. https://www.mlb.com/cardinals/community

Here is to a life well lived. To a man's man; to an authentic man; and to a remarkable man: we love you and are proud of you and celebrate you.

 "See you when we see you."

Arrangements are in the care of the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home. 


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