Clyde Cates

9:09 am | October 25, 2013

Clyde Cates, 97, Hampton, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 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.

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 Jan. 12, 2008; by four brothers, Roy, Ray, Jim and Harry Cates; and two sisters, Edith Cates Hyder and Mildred Cates Jamison.

Mr. Cates served in the United States Army from 1937 to March 1938 and re enlisted Jan. 15, 1941 and was discharged Nov. 27, 1944. He attended school at Tiger Valley, Hampton and Cloudland High Schools, received his BS degree from East Tennessee State College in 1953 and his Masters degree from Peabody College in the 1960s.

He was a retired school teacher in the Carter County School System, retiring in 1979  from Hampton High School.

Mr. Cates was a member of Hampton First Baptist Church where he had served as a Sunday School teacher and was involved in the church visitation program.


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 and Courtney Cates and Mason and Jenna Cates; a brother, Frank Cates; three sisters, Ethel Cates Wilson, Mary Ruth Cates Cole and Sally Cates.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 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 and Tennessee National Guard. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Cates to Moody Aviation Missions in care of 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 e-mailed to

Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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