James David Yater

James David Yater, 74, of Irving, Texas, formerly of Big Spring, Texas, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in an Irving hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel in Big Spring with the Rev. Mel Hardin officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Memorial Park in Big Spring.He was born July 6, 1939, in Ingram, Texas, and married Kay Leatherwood May 26, 1962, in Big Spring, Texas.David graduated from Big Spring High School and then attended Arlington State College. He worked for Texas Electric for 42 years, retiring in 1999.He was a Baptist and a member of Staked Plains Lodge 598 A. F. & A. M. in Big Spring and the Moslah Shriners and served as a Shrine Clown.Survivors include his wife, Kay Yater of Irving; one brother, Wesley Yater of Big Spring; three nieces and nephews, John, Shayne and Shelia and six godchildren, Steve, Kathy, Darcy, Sherrie, Sharon and Debi.He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Sadie Yater; and one brother, Billy Yater.The family suggests memorials to the Shriners Childrens Hospital, www.shrinershq.org or to the ASPCA, www.aspca.org/donate.Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com