Date of Service: October 25, 2013
Interment Location: Dogwood Section
Clyde Cates, 97, Hampton, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013, in the Life Care Center of Elizabethton following an extended illness. A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late J.R. & Mattie Hyder Cates of Tiger Valley. He served in the United States Army from 1937 to March 1938 and re-enlisted January 15, 1941, and was discharged November 27, 1944. He attended School at Tiger Valley, Hampton & Cloudland High Schools, received his BS Degree from East Tennessee State College in 1953 and his Master’s Degree from Peabody College in the 1960s. He was a retired school teacher in the Carter County School System. He retired in 1979 from Hampton High School. Mr. Cates was a member of Hampton First Baptist Church, where he had served as Sunday School Teacher and was involved in the Church Visitation Program. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Maxine Horton Cates, March 12, 2006; by a son, Mack Cates, who died January 12, 2008; by four brothers: Roy, Ray, Jim and Harry Cates; and Two Sisters: Edith Cates Hyder and Mildred Cates Jamison. Survivors include: His Daughter-in-law: Elizabeth Cates; His grandchildren: Matthew Cates and wife, Kate, Canton, Georgia, Mark Cates and wife, Erin, Spring Hill, Tenn., and Sarah Cates, Canton, Georgia; Four Great Grandchildren: Taylor & Courtney Cates, Mason & Jenna Cates; his brother: Frank Cates; his sisters: Ethel Cates Wilson, Mary Ruth Cates Cole and Sally Cates; Several Nieces & Nephews. Funeral Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, October 25, 2013, in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mike Hyder officiating. Interment will follow in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Music will be provided by Lisa Jaynes. Active Pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Friday, will be; Glen Roy Cates, Cody Hensley, Dustin Hensley, Jeremy Whisenhunt, Jim Cates, Wayne Cates and Joe Lusk. Honorary Pallbearers will be his church family, Sam Grindstaff, Kevin Scalf and Jimmy Scalf. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion & Tennessee National Guard. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Cates to Moody Aviation Missions, ? Beth Cates, P.O. Box 131, Hampton, Tenn. 37658. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.