On December 9, 2017 after an extended illness the Lord called home longtime Forney resident Don Tate Cates.
Don Tate Cates served the Forney community in several capacities throughout his life.
A practicing attorney, Cates served as Mayor of Forney during the 1980’s, as the towns Municipal Court judge for over a decade,
and he served as one of Forney's two North Texas Municipal Water District Board of Director appointees for sixteen years.
Don Tate Cates was preceded in death by parents, Harry Louis Cates, Sr. and Bobbye Tate Cates; brothers, Harry Louis Cates, Jr., George Truett Cates, Durward Hampton Cates; sister, Yvonne Cates Garrett.
Survived by wife of 60 years, Stella Oates Cates; children, William Don Cates & wife, Susan, Margaret Ruth Cates Burchett, John Robert Cates & wife, Belinda, Harry Louis Cates, II; grandchildren, Misty Holler & husband, David, Cara Taylor & husband, Ryanb, Hannah Cates & husband, Charlie Blueweiss, John Thomas Cates, Cecily Cates, Chelsea Cates, Avery Cates, Elijah Cates, Joseph Burchett, Marla Burchett, Lindsay Cates, Elizabeth Cates, William Cates; great grandchildren, Christine Holler, Sean Holler, Alexander Donawho, Margaret Holler, Micah Holler, Anderson Silva, Evelyn Holler, Tate Holler, Jocelyn Taylor.
Service will be 11:00 am on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Forney with interment to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Forney.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday night December 13, 2017 at New Hope Funeral Home in Sunnyvale.
And the Cates family request memorials be made to the First Baptist Church Forney Building Fund in lieu of flowers.
Those wishing to express condolences may visit the New Hope Funeral Home Tribute Wall for Don T. Cates