Bobbie Joe Yokeley, 71, of Forsyth, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at his residence.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2009, in Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Larry Kackley officiating. Burial will be in Snapp Cemetery, Forsyth. Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of the Ozarks, 1756 Bee Creek Road, Suite G, Branson, MO 65616. Arrangements are under the direction of Kissee-Schofield-Eakins Funeral Home, Forsyth.
He was born May 30, 1937, in Marshall, to Estel and Matilida (Long) Yokeley. He attended Marshall High School and graduated in 1955. After school, he went to work for a local lumberyard in Marshall and also worked for his father as a truck driver. He then worked for American Bridge Company and helped with the construction of U.S. Highway 65. He also worked as a driver for Howard Construction and as an over-the-road driver. He married Violet Mullins on June 3, 1963, in Marshall. He owned and operated his own truck stop in Marshall Junction for 20 years. He was a certified mechanic for Mack, Cummings, IBF and Yellow Freight. He semi-retired to Forsyth in 1992 and there opened Yokeley and Sons Service Center. He was an honorary fraternity member of Missouri Valley College in Marshall. He was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his wife, Violet, of Forsyth; three sons, Rick Yokeley of Forsyth, Robb Yokeley of Rockaway Beach and Randy Yokeley of Miami, Okla.; one daughter, Rebecca Love of Merriam Woods; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
In additional to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Jimmie Yokeley.