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May 26, 1930 ~ January 9, 2021 (age 90)

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Johnny Oscar Yarbrough, age 90, of Athens, passed away Saturday, January 09, 2021, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Athens, and was a son of the late Oscar Hubert “O.H.” and Nannie Newman Yarbrough. His loving wife of 60 years, Wilma “Jean” Puett Yarbrough, preceded him in death on Dec 06, 2012.  He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Judy Kristin Yarbrough and several sisters and brothers.

Johnny served in the United States Army during the Korean War and retired from the Athens Stove Works after 36 years of service. He loved the outdoors, fishing and camping with his family.

He is survived by:

Daughter and son-in-law, Francie Wattenbarger and husband, Mark of Athens

Son and daughter-in-law, Johnny Yarbrough and wife Debbie of Athens

5 Grandchildren,

Shannon Ramirez and husband, Diego

Amy Meyer and husband, Mike

Brad Yarbrough and wife, Jessie

Kevin Wattenbarger

Kyle Wattenbarger and wife, Jaclyn

3 Great-Grandchildren, Carlee Beheler, Fischer Yarbrough and Hayden Yarbrough

2 Step Great-Grandchildren, Angela Ramirez and Brian Ramirez

One sister, Helen “Dellie” Price

Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at McMinn Memory Gardens with Rev. Jason Kennedy officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be, Brad Yarbrough, Hayden Yarbrough, Fischer Yarbrough, Kevin Wattenbarger, Kyle Wattenbarger, Mike Meyer and Eddie Walker.

Honorary pallbearers will be, Mark Wattenbarger and Diego Ramirez

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, if attending the graveside service, please adhere to all safety recommendations by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

There will be no formal visitation to the public.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr David Byrd and the staff of Amedysis Hospice for the care and compassion shown to Johnny and his family.

 If you cannot attend the graveside service, you are encouraged to sign the online registry at:

Ziegler Funeral home has been entrusted with the care of Johnny O. Yarbrough.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of JOHNNY OSCAR YARBROUGH, please visit our floral store.


Graveside Service
January 12, 2021

2:00 PM
McMinn Memory Gardens
1727-1739 County Road 560
Athens, TN 37303

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