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Joseph A. Cates, Sr. January 2, 1933 - October 15, 2018

Joseph A. Cates, Sr., 85, of Southaven, MS passed away on October 15, 2018 at North Delta Hospice in Southaven. He was born in Nankipoo, TN on January 2, 1933 to the late Joseph Leroy Cates and Nettie Gamble Cates.

Mr. Cates was very active in his community. He served as Mayor of Southaven from 1985-1997.  He also served as Justice of the Peace and Supervisor of District II in DeSoto County as well as a reserved deputy for the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Cates took the upmost pride in serving his community. He was a past president of the Mississippi Municipal League and participated in the Rotary Club, the Lion’s Club, and the Chamber of Commerce. He also served our country in the United States Navy.

Mr. Cates is survived by his son, Joseph A. Cates, Jr. of West Memphis, AR; three daughters, Vickie Bullock (Al) of Southaven, MS, Sherry Akin (Bobby) of Horn Lake, MS, and Pam Cooper (Case) of Marion, AR; eight grandchildren, Mendy Lyle, David Staten, Penny Raines, Joey Cates, Kyle Bullock, Case Cooper, Kevin Cates, and Whitney Cates; six great grandchildren, Gage Smith, Carson Hubner, Cannon Hubner, Bailey Raines, Riley Raines, and Case Cooper; one stepson, Jackie Jackson (Angie) of Southaven, MS; two stepdaughters, Cheryl Shaw (Bob) of Southaven, MS and Susan McKinney of Panama City, FL; seven step-grandchildren, Ross Shaw, Kayla Shaw, Justin Jackson, Jessica Jackson, Chrissy Hollywood, Ashley Thompson, and Emily Reed.

He was preceded in death by his wife of twenty-two years, Charlotte Cates, his parents, two brothers, Wendell Latelle Cates and Bernard Marlette Cates, and one step-grandchild, Kaitlyn Shaw.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018 in the chapel of Twin Oaks Funeral Home from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 10:00 am at Desoto Hills Baptist Church (4680 Getwell Road, Southaven, MS 38671). Interment will take place at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens in Southaven.

Arrangements made by Twin Oaks Funeral Home, 662-349-9720.


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    William Gaines says

    Mayor Joe was an awesome fella and dear friend ! One of the best bosses I’ve ever served under ! Always knew where you stood with him ! May God bless and comfort the Cates family during this difficult time !

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    Bill and Diane Whitt says

    Joe was a special friend, we worked together many years in the MML. He gave much to the city of Southhaven, his State and Country. He was the kind of man that help to make our country what it is today. He loved his family and was a friend to his fellowman, I will always treasure our time and friendship. May you find comfort in your faith in God and love of your family.

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    Gloria Mosley says

    Dear Cates family
    Please accept my condolence for your loss and deep regrets for I lost my entire family to our enemy death and would like to share where I found hope and comfort at that time. I found this in what I read in Jehovah Gods word the Bible at John5:28,29 there it tells us we’ll see our love ones again in the resurrection when Jesus brings them back here on earth and at Isaiah25:8 we’re told that this enemy death will be swallowed up forever. With these scriptures and others I’m able to cope with my loss and get through each day because now I know I’ll see my love ones again and so can you. I wanted to share this with you now when comfort and hope is needed hoping that this will help you also in some way for this is my purpose in sharing this with you at this time and please know that I do share your grief and hope you’ll feel free to let me know if this helped. Hoping to hear from you.
    Sincerely, GM

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    Dana Cates Pruitt says

    To my wonderful cousins – I will miss your Dad. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. I can’t be there in person, but know I am with you in my heart.
    Much love,

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