Carleton Cates

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Carleton E. Cates, 84, of Wilmington, passed away early Friday morning, May 19, 2017 at the Laurels of Blanchester in Blanchester.

He was born Jan. 21, 1933 in East Vassalboro, Maine, son of the late Benjamin Harold and Annabelle (Ingraham) Cates. On Feb. 1, 1963 in Tennessee, he married Saundra Mae McMeans Cates, who survives.

Carleton was a farmer, preacher, and teacher, who had pastored locally for the Cuba, Sabina, and Xenia Friends Meetings, and had attended Chester Friends Meeting. He had done alternative service during the Korean War.

In addition to his wife, other surviving family members are his daughter, Anna Cates, Wilmington; three sons, Edward (Marcie) Cates, Seymour, Indiana, Jason Cates, Wilmington, and Josh Cates, Wilmington; and some siblings in Maine.

Friends will be received from 2 p.m. until the time of services on Friday, May 26 at the Chester Friends Meeting, 3451 Gurneyville Road, Wilmington. Memorial Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 26 at the Chester Friends Meeting with Pastor Nancy McCormick officiating. The Chester Friends Meeting will host a fellowship hour at the church immediately following the services in the fellowship hall of the meeting.

The Fisher-Edgington Funeral Home, Wilmington, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Contributions in Carleton's memory may be made to the Friends Disaster Service of the Wilmington Yearly Meeting.

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Published in News Journal from May 22 to May 23, 2017