Dwight Larry Yardley was born on October 11, 1945 in Knoxville, TN. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles Spurgeon Yardley and Birdie Louise Wilson who raised him as a child. He is survived by his wife, Rosalinda Rosas Yardley and his only surviving brother, Danny Yardley.
Very few people, including family members, knew that his given name was Dwight because everyone knew him as “Chip
Chip entered the U.S. Army as an enlisted and later was recognized for his leadership and selected for Officer’s Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He was also in the Army Reserves.
During the height of the TET Offensive in the Republic of South Vietnam, he was promoted to First Lieutenant on April 28, 1968. Chip was a highly decorated professional soldier. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with (1 OLC). During his combat tour in Vietnam, he was wounded twice and received two Purple Hearts (1 OLC). In addition, he earned the Combat Infantryman Badge. He was also awarded the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Chip was released from the U.S. Army with an honorable discharge on June 5, 1969, serving a total of three years, one month, one day.
Later in life, he worked as a hotel manager at the Hilton’s. Subsequently, he became a professional car detailer traveling to various states for prestigious clients.
Chip loved to fish. And he loved eating at Pappadeaux on special occasions with the love of his life, Linda. Due to the coronavirus, Linda and Chip were unable to venture out as much as they would have liked, celebrating their birthdays or wedding anniversary.
Chip had a passion for baseball and was awarded a baseball scholarship from Carson-Newman Christian University. He was also a very talented tennis player. And he was an avid Astros, Rockets and Texans’ fan.
Chip had a special love for his dog, “Coco” who recently passed away. Because of their love of dogs, Chip and Linda immediately adopted Bella and Shelby. They then took in a stray whom they named “Chloe.” Chloe ended up being his service dog by taking care of Chip in his time of need. There was a special bond between Chip and Chloe.
Linda expresses her love and a sincere appreciation to the numerous individuals who have been her pillars of support during this time of grief, especially her immediate family members.
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