John Edward “Butter Bean” Cates, son of the late Roosevelt and Virginia Cates, was born Jan. 26, 1944 in Roxboro. God called John home Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 in Dyersburg, Tenn. He was educated in the Person County School System and at an early age, joined the Greater Cleggs Chapel Community Missionary Baptist Church in Timberlake. After moving to Missouri, he joined the True Light Church.
John was a long-distance truck driver for 30-plus years and drove over three millions miles with no accidents. He retired from CRST in 2008.
He is preceded in death by three sisters: Agnes Cates Garrett, Maggie Cates and Mamie Cates Edwards; and two brothers: Roosevelt “June” Cates, Jr. and William “Bill” Cates.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Lawanda Cates; two daughters: Tijuanda Cates (Mike Lunceford) of Fort Worth, Texas and Eva Jean Cates Bumpass of Roxboro; one son, Jeffery Cates of Roxboro; two grandsons: Akeem Cates and Shaun Cates, both of Roxboro; two sisters: Willie Mae Cates of Durham and Frances “Frankie” Wood of Washington, D.C.; three sisters-in-law: Joyce Alexander (Clazell) Watts and Malinda Fuller, both of Michigan and Mekessia (Lataun) Jackson of Hayti, Missouri; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends who will truly miss him.
Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 at Evergreen Cemetery in Hayti, Missouri with Ambassador James McAdams officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of John W. German Funeral Home of Hayti, Missouri.
The family of John E. Cates expresses sincere appreciation to the community, churches, co-workers and friends for their prayers and support during their time of bereavement. A special thanks to Tijuanda Cates from her mother for all her love and support.
Obituary announced courtesy of Cunningham and Nelson Funeral Home.