Cody was born on Feb. 3, 1988 in Albuquerque, N.M., to Neal and Kay Yates. He was a wonderful son, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend to a family extending far beyond those who share a common name with him to include every person that he came to know in his life. He loved living in the country and cowboying more than anything.
Growing up, he competed in rodeo events winning numerous roping competitions in tie-down and break-away and also winning “All Around Cowboy” at the age of 14, 15 and 16.
Cody also loved his country and earned the coveted Parachutist Wings of the Army’s Airborne at Fort Benning, Ga. He went on to serve with 1st of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment’s Echo Company, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. from March, 2007 until July, 2010. During the period of December, 2008 through December, 2009, Cody and his unit served a tour overseas in Iraq. Some of his service decorations include: Iraq Campaign Medal with two Stars, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge and Parachutist Wings. He recently served with the National Guard.
Cody’s life was guided by a steadfast faith in Jesus Christ and the strength he received through his love for Him.
Cody was preceded in death by his grandfather, Allison Yates, grandmother, Mary Yates, his grandfather, L. D. Fulbright, and many relatives and friends. He is survived by his parents Neal and Kay Yates; his grandmother Lorene Fulbright; uncles Lynn (Doris) Fulbright, Joe (Glenneth) Shafer, Randy (Nancy) Yates; aunt Nancy (Bill) Hardy; and many cousins and friends.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Chuch in Clark.
Memorial donations may be sent to Mt Carmel Youth Ranch, 428 Rd. AF 1, Clark, WY 82435.
Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family at www.thompsonfuneral.net or P.O. Box 807, Powell, WY 82435.