DUDLEY -- George Cates, 92, died Sept. 20, 2012, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
Born March 3, 1920, in Pearland, Texas, he had lived in the Dudley area since 1951. He was a charter member of the Dudley Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school. 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. He and his wife started the Cates Orchard near Dudley in 1953. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, serving in World War II and served in the U. S. Navy Reserves.
On Nov. 5, 1943, in Pearland, Texas, he married Helen Louise Benes, who preceded him in death on Aug.16, 2006.
He was also preceded in death by one son, Timothy Cates; three brothers, Delbert, Wayne and John McAnally; and one sister, Della Gibson.
Survivors include: 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; three sisters, Marie Clift and Ruby Jean Rice both of Wenatchee, Wash., and Mary Culbertson of Dudley; one brother, Sam McAnally of Dexter; and five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter, where services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. John McFarlen of Broseley officiating.
Burial with full military honors will be in the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Online condolences may be made at www.watkinsfuneralhome.com.