Willie Yarbrough

Obituary of Willie Paul "Squat" Yarbrough

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Willie Paul "Squat" Yarbrough, 100, of Gainesville, FL, passed away peacefully on September 27th, 2023.  Born in Roanoke, Paul worked as a weaver and twister frame operator at Handley Mills.  He served in the US Army during WWII, taking part in the Normandy invasion and other notable actions.  He returned to Roanoke after the war where he met and married Ethel Smith, who worked at the mill with his sisters.  He moved to Florida along with family after retirement.  He first moved to a rural area near Lake Butler.  After returning to Roanoke for several years he moved back to the small town of Archer, Florida for seven years before moving in with family in Gainesville in 2017.  
He enjoyed outings with family to Florida theme parks and nature parks.  He loved playing baseball and hunting when he was younger and watching college football and softball.  He was a fan of classic TV westerns and war movies.  Mostly he was a doting grandfather and great-grandfather who would go to any length to spoil the kids.  
Preceeded in death by his parents, Will and Tommie Nolen Yarbrough, sisters, Jo Gann and Eucala Sikes, and wife, Ethel Smith Yarbrough, he is survived by his son, Tommy Yarbrough of Gainesville, FL, three grandchildren, Lucy and Chris Yarbrough of Orlando, FL, and Nick Yarbrough of Newberry, FL, two great grandchildren Isabella and Jacen Yarbrough of Newberry, and several generations of nieces and nephews who grew up in the Roanoke area.  
A visitation with family and viewing will be held Saturday, October 7th, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm CDT at Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 319 College St., in Roanoke.  A graveside service will follow at Cedarwood Cemetery on Sunday, October 8th, at 1:00 PM CDT.  
In lieu of flowers please consider donating in Paul's memory to one of the following veterans support organizations: 
Disabled American Veterans at P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or to 
Wounded Warrior Project at P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 (With order form attached under additional service information ) or to
Gary Sinise Foundation at PO Box 40726, Nashville, TN 37204 (with order form attached under additional service information) or to 


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 7, 2023
Quattlebaum Funeral Home
319 College Street
Roanoke, Alabama, United States

Graveside Services

1:00 pm
Sunday, October 8, 2023
Cedarwood Cemetery
512 Main Street
Roanoke, Alabama, United States


Cedarwood Cemetery
512 Main Street
Roanoke, Alabama, United States

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