Orville Cato, son of the late Earl and Mary Elizabeth Cato, was born in Dexter on Sept. 17, 1920, and died at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007, at the age of 87.
Mr. Cato lived in Michigan for over 30 years where he worked as a mechanic for General Motors. He moved to Dexter before moving to Marble Hill in 1976 and moved to Altenburg in 2001. He was retired and was a member of the New Salem Baptist Church in Marble Hill. He enjoyed horses and was a member of The Tennessee Walkers Association.
On Dec. 27, 1941, he was married to Betty Jean Simpson in Bloomfield. She preceded him in death on April 16, 2003. In addition to his parents, five sisters also preceded him in death: Fern Renna, Pam Sorenso, Alice Hileman, Lenora Kinsey and Geraldine Bumgarner.
Surviving are one son, Roger Dale Cato of Paducah, Ky.; one daughter, Sandra Lee Cooper of Holly, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; five brothers, Earl Cato and John Cato of Shriver, La., Richard Cato of Holiday, Tenn., Dale Cato of Scottshills, Tenn., and Clayton Cato of Bernie; three sisters, Patricia Smith of Dexter, Nancy Clay of Phillipsburg, and Judy Moore of Bernie.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Randel Poole of Marble Hill officiating.
Interment will follow in the Dexter Cemetery with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.