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Ralph Lee Yeager

Ralph Lee YeagerRalph Lee Yeager, age 82, passed away July 1, 2010.

Born Sept. 7, 1927, on a family farm near Scroggsfield, he was the son of the late Allen E. and Pearl (Blazer) Yeager.

He worked on the family farm during his teens (his favorite cow was a brown Jersey named "Sally"); at Tennessee Gas Transmission in his early 20's; and from his late 20's until 2004 (through what should have been his retirement), was a partner of Pleasant Hill Oil Company with his brother, Donald, founded with their father, Allen, in 1950.

Ralph survived a head-on automobile collision in 1949.  He says he remembers the older doctor telling the younger doctor (who would save his life) to "give up on the guy" and "regained consciousness with the priest giving his last rites."

He married Cora Louise Vasbinder, July 2, 1954; and had four children:  Richard L. (m. Lori Anguish), Mark A. (m. Janet Zawaski), Stephen P. (m/d. Paula Zamilski; wife Terri Ruggles), and Ann.

He was preceded in death by his siblings:  William E. (m/d. Francis Parlette; wife Nellie Moreland); William's twin, Wayne (died 6 mos); Dean R., and Maxine (John "Mitt") Poplin; his mother and father in-law, Perry and Norma (Welch) Vasbinder; brother-in-law, Norman Vasbinder (m/d. Marilyn Kail; wife Mary Richards); and his nephew, Milton Poplin.

He is survived by his siblings:  Donald J. (Virginia R. Johnson), Mary (Harold) White, Thomas R. (Judith Neymer), and John (Lenora George); by his in-laws, (B.) Joan (m/d Samuel) Hamilton; (C.) Sue (m/d John) Brown; Molly K. (m/d. Thomas White; m. William) Laverty.

His grandchildren are:  Corey A. (wife Kristen Manfull), Sara R. (husband Ryan, great granddaughter, Kyleigh) Lippincott; Jessica R.; Abby N., and Caley A.; step grandchildren, Adam Casper (step greatgranddaugther, Isabella), Tim Cornell, Kenny Cornell and Angie Lamielle and 37 nieces and nephews and their respective families.

These are those who were closest to Ralph as family and touched his life and created memories for his eternal soul.

He was a member of Harsh Memorial Church in Harlem Springs.

He was a self-made man, able to mechanically attend to (and invent) machinery (his last was a portable drilling rig); read western novels; and preferred outdoor living; gardening and sitting among the beauty of the landscape.  (Especially fond of sitting on the porch and watching the dawn and dusk shades and the smell of the summer rain.)

Funeral services were held July 5 in Allmon-Dugger-Cotton Funeral Home in Carrollton with Rev. Kimberly Arbaugh officiating.  Interment was in Harlem Springs Cemetery

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