Mr. Yates Manley Setzer, 80, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2023 at his residence, following a period of declining health.

Yates was born on October 12, 1942 in Burke County to the late Quincy Buford Setzer and Anna Mae Deal Setzer. He was a member of McGalliard Falls Baptist Church, and was retired from Waldesnian Bakery after 32 years of service.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jackie Icard, a grandson, Joseph Biddix and a brother, Lynn Setzer.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Myra Wood Setzer of the home, three children; Kevin Setzer and wife Peggy of Hudson, Cindy Biddix and husband Eddie of Nebo, and Scott Setzer of Morganton, and four stepchildren; Tommy Messer of Hickory, Amanda Quinn and husband Josh of Valdese, Natalie Deal and Quincy Rudisill.  Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Roena Smith and Vernell Kincaid, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with Rev. Ron Cooper and Rev. Jerry Stines officiating.

Memorials may be sent to McGalliard Falls Baptist Church, 205 McGalliard Park Ave., Valdese, NC 28690.

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Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Setzer family.