J.E. Cates was born to Maebelle and William Cates on February 5, 1936 in Dennard, Arkansas. He attended Franklin High School and went on to pursue a career in welding. He retired with his wife Helen in Stockton California where he watched his grandchildren grow into the people they are today. He is survived by his children Jay Edward Cates, Billy Ray Cates (Irene), and Lori Cates Ortega (Rob); his brother Eugene Cates and sisters Betty Buttler and Peggy Perasso; and his 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife Helen Virginia Cates and grandson Cameron Tyler Ortega.
No Visitation will be held.
A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Cherokee Memorial Park, Hwy 99 and Harney Lane, Lodi, CA 95240. Family gathering immediately following; Oak Grove Park.
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