A Funeral Mass for William M. Yancey, 57, of Beaumont, will be celebrated Saturday, September 17, 2011, at 1:00 p.m., at St. Anthony Cathedral, with cremation to follow. A gathering of friends and family will be Friday from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home, with a Vigil service at 6:00 p.m. William was born December 29, 1953, in Beaumont, to James and Peggy Yancey, and passed away Monday, September 12, 2011, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital. A lifelong resident of Beaumont, he was a graduate of Beaumont High School and Lamar University, and worked for Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital as an LVN. He attended St. Anthony Cathedral and was also a member of First Baptist Church. William was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved the ocean, taking cruises, jazz music, and participating in the Renaissance Festival. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Dianne Yancey of Beaumont; mother, Peggy Yancey of Beaumont; daughters, Kari Yancey and Katie Evenson of Beaumont, Jessica Yancey of Woodville; and granddaughter, Olivia Laney of Beaumont. He is also survived by a sister, Judy Posey of Lumberton and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law. He was preceded in death by his father, James Yancey and brother, Michael Yancey.