Cates, Thomas Granville

Posted: Tue 1:53 PM, Apr 16, 2013
Funeral Home: Smith Funeral Home
Thomas Granville Cates, 89, of Morgantown, passed away April 14, 2013, at the Morgantown Care and Rehab Center in Morgantown.

Mr. Cates was born June 4, 1925, in Logan County to the late Joseph William Cates and Fannie Pearl Price Cates. He was a member of the Methodist Temple in Russellville, VFW Post 5837 and the Genealogical Society. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran with 4 Bronze Stars. He graduated in 1943 from Russellville High School and then attended Western Kentucky University after returning home from service.

He worked as a John Deere Farm Machinery salesman for many years. His intelligence, dry wit and sense of humor was maintained until his passing and was appreciated by all he met. His greatest joy was reading stories, fully in character, to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mona Elizabeth (Betty) Brown Cates; two brothers, Lynn David Cates and Dewitt Cates; and one sister, Katherine McCormick.

Thomas Granville Cates is survived by his son, Granvil Eugene Cates of Morgantown; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Cates of Whitehouse, Tenn.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Robert Cates of Louisville.

Funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with Bro. Darrin Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Monticello Church Cemetery at Provo. Visitation is today from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until time of service at Smith Funeral Home.

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