Calvin Cates, age 80, of the Austin community passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, in Center Ridge, Ark. He was born Aug. 6, 1932, in Bee Branch, Ark., to Jim and Ludy (Pearson) Cates. He was a hard-working retired dairy farmer and loving father who enjoyed being around his family and running fox hounds. He was greatly loved and is going to be missed.
He is survived by four sons, Jim (Patricia A.) Cates of Center Ridge, Dan Cates of Bee Branch, Richard (Patricia H.) Cates of Bee Branch, and Kent (Jackie) Cates of Clinton; four daughters, Jannette Cates of Bee Branch, Joyce (Doug) Stapleton of Formosa, Sarah Remetch of Harriett, and Elizabeth Koone of Bee Branch; three stepsons, Ricky(Betty) Brewer of Bee Branch, Rocky (Ambie) Brewer of Clinton, and Bobby Brewer of Bee Branch; three stepdaughters, Carolyn (Donnie) Bourroughs of Bee Branch, Marilyn Brewer of Morganton, and Gaylon (Bruce) Garrett of Dennard; 31 grandchildren; and 70+ great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Dorothy Harmon; second wife Mary Lee Harmon; and son Kenny Ray Cates.
Visitation was Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Roller Funeral Home, Clinton. Funeral service was 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Roller Chapel, Clinton. Interment was at Union Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Clinton. Online guest book: rollerfuneralhomes.com.