Emma Wilson Yates, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Born in Rowan County, NC on February 3, 1933, she was the daughter of the late James Carl Wilson and Ruth Allison Wilson. She was also preceded in death by her devoted husband of 60 years, Arnold Lee Yates; her sister, Louise W. Webb; her brothers, William (Jim) K. Wilson, James (J.C.) Carl Wilson, Jr., and Cecil B. Wilson; and step-mother, Eleanor B. Wilson. Emma loved to read and listen to music. She enjoyed gardening and working with her plants. She created a multitude of wonderful memories for her family and friends, around her delicious home cooked meals. Emma loved animals, but especially cats. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her, but her loving spirit will never be forgotten as she was everything to her family. Emma leaves behind to cherish her memory her sons, Anthony (Tony) Yates and wife, Brenda, of Rocky Mount, and Aaron Yates and wife, Beverly, of Willow Spring; her grandchildren, Justin and wife, Rachel, Alex and wife, Jess, Jeremy and wife, Katy, Ben and fiancé, Anna, and Joshua and fiancé, Shelby; her great-grandchildren, Emmett, Natalie, Lillian, and Parker (on the way); and many nieces and nephews. A Graveside Service will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 3:00 PM at Rocky Mount Memorial Park with Rev. Royce E. Williams officiating. A visitation with the family will follow the service at the graveside. Flowers are welcome, or donation to one's local animal shelter. The family would like to thank the staff of Rocky Mount Rehabilitation Center for their support and care of Emma for many years. Arrangements entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 661 English Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting www.johnsonfuneralsandcremations.com.