Tractor overturns; claims life

Apr. 16, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

A 67-year-old man died Saturday after his tractor fell on him, while he was working on his property off Oscar Justice Road.

Eddie Yelton was found by his wife, Brenda Dellinger Yelton, at about 8 p.m. He had apparently been outdoors about four hours when she began to look for him after he did not answer his cell phone.

According to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department, he was pinned under his tractor in a creek. 

Yelton was operating a Kubota tractor with a front end loader, working on the bank at two ponds and was on the hill. "It looked like he was working on the dam at the ponds and the side just gave 'way. The tractor came in on him," said Det. Sgt. Jamie Keever of the sheriff's department.

He died at the scene.

Yelton was a self employed businessman, owner Yelton's Auto Sale, drove a truck and also operated Colonial Manor Health Care.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Cane Creek Baptist Church. Graveside service will be at Brittain Presbyterian Church with military honors provided by Rutherford County Veterans Guard. 

Assisting at the scene in addition to the sheriffs' department, were Hudlow firefighters, Rutherford County EMS, Rescue, Volunteering Rescue, C.F. Reece Crane Service, Brad's wrecker and Widener wrecker service.