John "Pete" Burke Yearwood

Born: Wed., Sep. 1, 1920
Died: Wed., Apr. 13, 2011

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John Burke “Pete” Yearwood, age 90, of the Greshamville Community, passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Morgan Memorial Hospital & Transitional Care Unit in Madison, Georgia. A lifelong resident of Greene County he was born on September 1, 1920 and the last survivor of five children born to the late Rufus Roscoe Yearwood and Nannie Burke Copelan Yearwood. He attended Swords School and Greshamville School. During World War II he served in the United States Army. Until 1966 he was a Dairy Farmer and also operated chicken houses. He sold real estate and in 1978 built the Greshamville Mall which was named by his son, Jay. In the mid eighties he sold the mall and enjoyed fishing and helping his daughter, Dianne, in the chicken houses she operated. Pete was a member of Fork Chapel United Methodist Church in Greshamville. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Ione Arthur Yearwood in November of 2007; his son, John Arthur “Jay” Yearwood; and his siblings, Thurston C. “Bub” Yearwood, Jessie Edwin “Jake” Yearwood, William Roscoe “Bill” Yearwood and Peggy Joyce Yearwood. He is survived by two daughters, Peggy Leach and Dianne Yearwood, both of the Greshamville Community; grandchildren, Laurie and Jason Robinson, Amy and Jeff Hart, Brad Moon, Kelly Moon, John and Brittney Moon and Kerry and Robert Taylor; great grandchildren, Erica Hart, Benjamin Hart, Bethany Hart, Will Robinson and Kate Robinson; and many other relatives and friends. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 1400 Farmington Road, Madison, Georgia 30650 with Rev. Mike Pritchett officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Watkinsville City Cemetery, Whitehall/Simonton Bridge Road, Watkinsville, Georgia 30677. Memorials may be made to Morgan Memorial Hospital & Transitional Care Unit Rehabilitation, 1077 S. Main Street, Madison, GA 30650. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday night at McCommons Funeral Home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Jimmy and Vicki Copeland
   Posted Thu April 14, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time. We always enjoyed seeing Pete at our annual Copelan reunion in Greshamville. He meant alot to us.

Jan Copelan Hallman
   Posted Thu April 14, 2011
To the Yearwood Family, Uncle Pete will be so greatly missed. He was a good and a wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families. Jan, David, Josh and Robert

Mike Mccarty -Mark White-Joe Lucas
   Posted Fri April 15, 2011
To the yearwood family,our deepest condolences go out to all of you.We miss our fishing buddy Mr pete but will always remember the good times we shared.The oconee river will never be the same.

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Fri April 15, 2011
Peggy, Dianne and Yearwood Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time and in the days and weeks to come.

   Posted Fri April 15, 2011
Good bye, Pete....Thanks for taking care of Herby and for being his friend and companion for many years....almost 30! He really misses the roar of the truck and "Little Buddy" knocks on the door...I find it lonesome and strange you're not around in the afternoons yelling "Hey Sugar Baby"....Hope you can rest now.

Dennis and Janet Hale, Turner and Kevan Tyler
   Posted Fri April 15, 2011
Mr. Pete, thank you for all your kindness, we love you and will never forget you. Turner and Kevan, Dennis and Janet

Cindy Moore
   Posted Fri April 15, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Pete's family. He was such a good friend to my Daddy and he missed him so much after he moved here to Eatonton with me. Mr. Pete came to see Daddy some after he moved here and we all enjoyed his visits so much. I hope his family knows we thought the world of him. Cindy Moore (daughter of J.H. (Runt) and Sara Kate Bryan)

randy flanigan
   Posted Fri April 15, 2011
I'll remember fondly time spent playing cards, fishing, and telling stories with Pete. RIP

   Posted Sat April 16, 2011

Herb & Jan Thurmond
   Posted Sun April 17, 2011
So sorry about Pete. We were out of town at Daytona Beach for a meeting and just heard this morning. So very sorry we missed the service and we would like to extend our deepest sympathies. He will be missed.

Kelly Hanes
   Posted Sun April 17, 2011
Dianne, So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. Kelly Hanes and Gladys Yearwood Rhodes

Donna Jones Adams
   Posted Sun April 17, 2011
Dianne I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I look at the picture of him and I see a lot of Jay. Which in turn brings up a lot of good and bad memories. I wish you and your family peace in this troubled time.

Barry and Teresa Churchwell
   Posted Sat June 11, 2011
Dianne and family, we send our deepest sympathy for your loss. Mr. Pete was a hard working dedicated family man. May the warm & loving memories help to comfort you.

Buddy Monday
   Posted Sat July 30, 2011
Was saddened about hearing of the death of Pete today 7/30/2011. Wish someone had called us and told us about it. We would have loved to be at his funeral. Blessings to all! Love, Becky and Buddy Monday