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Isaac Perkins Yancey

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Isaac Perkins Yancey

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Classification: Biography
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From: Rhonda Lunsford -

    Isaac Perkins Yancey was born October 25, 1904, in Oakland, Tennessee, the eldest child of Henry Polk Yancey (August 25, 1878-January 19, 1967) and Susie Elizabeth Adams Yancey of Haywood Co., (October 20, 1879-Feb. 16, 1959). his paternal grandfather, L.F. Yancey of Oakland, had fought in the civil war in company "B" of the Seventh Regiment of Tennessee Voluteer Cavalry, traveling by horseback from Oakland to participate in the Battle of Shiloh.
   The other children of Henry Polk Yancey and Susie Elizabeth Adams Yancey are:  Ethel Yancey McCarty of West Helena, Arkansas; Howell Adams Yancey of Atlanta, Georgia; Elizabeth Polk Yancey of Arlington, Tennessee; and Leonadus Franklin Yancey of Oakland.
   Perkins Yancey attended Oakland schools and graduated from Central High School in Memphis. In 1926 he moved to somerville, becoming the manager of Burnette Chevrolet Company, a position he held until he purchased the dealership in 1955.
   On June 14, 1931, in Friendship, Tennessee, he married Laura Garnet Drake Yancey, the daughter of Werter Lewis Drake (February 2, 1873-May 22, 1961) and Annie Florence Durham Drake (May 16, 1888-September 3, 1981). Rev. Drake, a Methodist minister, had served as pastor of the Oakland church in 1925-26.
   The first child born to Laura Garnet and Perkins Yancey was Betty Ann Yancey, who was born July 17, 1933, attended the public schools of Somerville, graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1955, and married Robert Harden Goodall, a Gallatin, Tennessee, attorney, on june 12, 1955. the children of Betty Ann and Robert Goodall are: Laura Yancey Goodall, born October 30, 1958, graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1980, currently practicing law in Nashville, married to Charles Ralls Niewold of El Paso, Texas, on September  15, 1984, also practicing law in Nashville; and Robert Harden Goodall, Jr., born February 9, 1961, graduated from Lambuth College in 1983, currently a licensed contractor and real estate broker in Gallatin.
   The second child born to Laura Garnet and Perkins Yancey was William Perkins Yancey, born February 28, 1941, graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1963, served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Captain, and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. On December 21, 1969 he married Celia Banks Maxey of Brandon, Mississippi, and their only child, Adam Drake Yancey, was born January 18, 1970. Adam is currently attending Fayette Academy.
   Perkins Yancey was active in the affairs of Somerville, Fayette County, and the State of Tennessee until his death at the age of 79 on September 21, 1984. He was Mayor of Somerville from 1940 until 1978, completing the longest mavoral term in the State of Tennessee at that time.
   He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Sommerville Bank and Trust Company, and the Tennessee Automobile Association, receiving the award as Tennessee Dealer of the Year from them in 1980.
   He served as Chairman of the Fayette County Industrial Board, actively seeking to attract new industry to Fayette County. He served as President of the Somerville Lion Club and in 1948 as District Governor for West Tennessee of Lion International. He was a Shriner and a 33rd Degree Mason. He was a member of the Tennessee Municipal League and received the Silver Beaver award for Scouting in 1977.

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