Johnny Edward Cates (12/8/1934 - 6/10/2017)

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  • "So sorry to hear of the death of Johnny. He and my..."
    - Peggy Smith Brown

Funeral service for Johnny Edward Cates, 82, of Quitman are scheduled for 2 PM, Monday, June 12, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Quitman with Pastor Gabe Martin officiating. Burial to follow at Grice Cemetery Gilmer, TX. Visitation will be Sunday, 5-7 PM, June 11, 2017 at Lowe Funeral Home in Quitman.

Johnny was born December 8, 1934, in the Grice Community of Gilmer, TX, to William Bryan Cates and Ellen Florence (Poole). He graduated from Gilmer HS where he met the love of his life, Bonnie Jean (Williams) Cates. They married in 1955. Johnny attended Texas A&M University where he studied Poultry Science and was in the Corps of Cadets. He later served in the National Guard from 1959-1984 and became a Colonel. Johnny was a county extension agent for 31 years, 23 of which he served in Wood County.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Charles Cates, and his son Scott Cates.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Bonnie Cates; son Steve and wife LaNelle of Quitman, daughter Amanda and husband Tom Curtis of Rayne, La, and daughter Laura Lee and husband Kent Weems of Quitman. He was blessed with 10 grandchildren Cara and husband Brad Gibson, Candi and husband Corey Haisten, Lauren and husband Clay Hightower, J.T and wife Casey Curtis, Logan Curtis, Christi and husband Grant Domangue, Kevin and wife Leah Weems, Carl and wife Courtney Curtis, Lindsey Weems, and Scott Curtis. His legacy continues in his 10 great grandchildren Conner and Braxten Gibson, Cadyn and Cole Haisten, Jack, Dane, and Wes Curtis, Lucas, Isaac and Abigail Hightower, sister Sara Jean Lancaster, and nieces Pam Cates and Susan Lancaster. He is also survived by his special group of furry family including Daisy, Max, Bobbie-Belle, Maggie, and Fred.

The family would like to thank the nurses, Brother David, Russell, and Lindsey of Heart to Heart, who wonderfully cared for our beloved every day and walked with us through this time. We are especially thankful for two wonderful ladies who sat and cared for Daddy - Jeannette Ussery and Laura Swaner and the love they showed him every moment they were with him.
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Lowe Funeral Home - Quitman
1102 E. Goode St PO Box 337
Quitman, TX 75783
(903) 763-2242
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on June 11, 2017