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Claude Duane Yates
(April 18, 1944 - May 23, 2009)

 Funeral services for Claude Duane Yates will be held Wednesday May 27, 2009 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home with the Reverend Jim Lofton officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Ball.

Mr. Yates, 65, entered eternal rest Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Rapides Regional Medical Center, Alexandria. He was born April 18, 1944, the third of four sons of the union of Johnny C. and Jessie V. George Yates. Duane was best known for his gifted talents as a musician and vocalist. He was a 1962 graduate of Pineville High School. He fell in love with music at an early age and it became his life's passion. As a teenager he helped organize and performed with a small band called The Capris and later performed many years with the Fabulous Boogie Kings. He wrote lyrics, produced CDs and established his own website at For his talents and accomplishments he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 1994, Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2001, and founded the Louisiana Music Commission. Duane was a loving father to his son Marcome and a devoted and loving son to his mother Jessie.

Mr. Yates was preceded in death by this father, Johnny C. Yates and one brother, Jerry C. Yates.

He is survived by his 90-year-old mother, Jessie George Yates of Montgomery; one son, Marcome Iram Yates; two brothers, Clark G. “Corky” Yates and wife, Sandy, and Johnny F. Yates and wife, Karen, of of Pineville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers to serve will be Corky Yates, Jr., Jon Yates, Charles George, Claudie Johnson, Manuel Henry, Keith Bradford and Ronnie Sellers.

Friends may visit from 6 pm until 9 pm Tuesday and from 9 am until time of services Wednesday in the funeral home.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the Yates family by visiting

May 25, 2009  Forest Lawn website


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