George Cates, the son of the late Floyd and Ellen Johnson, was born in Pearland, Texas, on March 3, 1920, and died at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Sept. 20, 2012, at the age of 92.
Mr. Cates had lived in the Dudley area since 1951. He was a charter member of the Dudley Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School and was the songleader.
He served on the boards of both the Stoddard County Gospel Mission and the Oaks Center in Dexter. He also served on the Executive Board of the Cane Creek-Stoddard Baptist Association and also served as treasurer, and he served on the Camp Board with the South Missouri Baptist Assembly.
Mr. Cato and his wife started the Cates Orchard near Dudley in 1953. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, serving in WWII, and served in the U. S. Navy Reserves.
On Nov. 5,1943, he was married to Helen Louise Benes in Pearland, Texas. She preceded him in death on Aug.16, 2006.
Surviving are one son, Ronnie Cates of Puxico; three daughters and spouses, Patti and Asa Kinnaman of Bloomfield, Bessie McRoy, and Janet and Kevin Johns, all of Dudley; five grandchildren, David Kinnaman, Jerry Kinnaman, Jennifer and Jarod Koenig, Caleb Johns and Emily Johns; one great- grandson, Benjamin Koenig; three sisters, Marie Clift and Ruby Jean Rice, both of Wenatchee, Wash., and Mary Culbertson of Dudley; and one brother, Sam McAnally of Dexter. Other friends and relatives also survive. He was preceded in death by one son, Timothy Cates; three brothers, Delbert, Wayne and John McAnally; and one sister, Della Gibson.
Visitation will be Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Watkins & Sons Chapel with the Rev. John McFarlen of Broseley officiating. Interment will be in the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Bloomfield with full military honors.
Watkins and Sons Funeral Home of Dexter, Missouri in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Missouri Veteran's Home, 2400 Veteran's Memorial Dr., Cape Girardeau Mo. 63701 or the Stoddard County Gospel Mission, 207 S. One Mile Rd, Dexter MO 63841.