Jimmy A. Cates
FUNERAL HOME
Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home
601 North Alleghaney
Odessa, TX
ODESSA Jimmy A. Cates, 76, of Odessa, was born July 25, 1936, in Big Spring, TX, to his parents, Olen & Jewel Cates. He passed away at Hospice House in Odessa on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. He is now in the "BEST" place.
He married Jeanette Stroope Fox on February 14, 2003, in Odessa. He was preceded in death by his parents, Olen & Jewel Cates; his brother, Bob Cates; and his daughter, Angie Mertz.
His survivors include his wife, Jeanette Cates of the home; his step-son, Mark Fox and wife Kaye of Prosper, TX; his step-daughter, Terri Fox of Odessa; 2 grandsons, Doug Mertz of Bryan, TX, and Devin Mertz of Brenham, TX; 3 great-grandchildren, Neela, Marlee & Levi Mertz; 5 step-great-grandchildren; 2 brothers-in-law, Dale Stroope and wife Frances of Rowlett, TX, and James Stroope and wife Marilyn of Ft. Worth, TX.
Jim grew up in Odessa and graduated from Odessa High School in 1955. He worked for Odessa and Garland, TX, water departments before becoming an instructor for Texas A&M's Texas Engineering & Extension Service (TEEX) water and wastewater training from 1969 till he retired in 2000 after 31 years. He started Catesco water training in 2001, and continued teaching and holding water schools, traveling across Texas.
He was a member of the Double A Club at Texas A&M, holding an "A" license in both water and wastewater.
He was a member of Northside Baptist Church. He always answered when asked how he was, "I'm the happiest guy alive!"
Family visitation will be 6-8PM Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
Funeral arrangements are scheduled at 3PM Friday, June 14, 2013, at Northside Baptist Church with Rev. Clydel Chapman officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Thanks to Home Hospice of Odessa and Home Hospice nurses, Kim, Shelly & Della. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House of Odessa (903 N. Sam Houston 79761) or to Northside Baptist Church (100 W 50th Odessa, 79764).
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
Published by Odessa American on Jun. 13, 2013.
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He was very inspirational and a great teacher. His story telling skills quickly identified him as a West Texan! People will now be telling his story for years to come.

- Student of Mr. Cates
Jim Ferguson
November 8, 2013
Everybody I know in Water around the Tyler area , knew and loved Jim and Mrs. Cates. We will miss him a lot, joking and laughing.
Steven Matlock
October 23, 2013
Jeanette, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. Mrs. Virgie (Larry) Martin
June 15, 2013
Jim believed that his role in life was to be an "encourager," and he always tried to maintain a positive attitude. I believe that his prayer would be that his family and friends find comfort in God's strength and healing power during this time of loss.
Charlene Vance
June 15, 2013
Rest in peace and joy Jim. You were one of my most unique friends ever. :) Condolenses to your family and may God's peace and love engulf them til you meet once again.
Sue Schriner
June 15, 2013
Cates was my friend. He brought joy everywhere he went. He will be missed by people all over Texas. My prayers for family and friends.
June 14, 2013
I knew Jim for over forty years. He was a wonderful person who will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to Jim's grieving family and friends.
Jim Chew
June 14, 2013
I knew Jim for over forty years. He was a wonderful person who will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to Jim's grieving family and friends.
Jim Chew
June 14, 2013
I knew Jim for over forty years. He was a wonderful person who will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to Jim's grieving family and friends.
Jim Chew
June 14, 2013
Cates was a very giving, happy person; always taking the office ladies out to lunch on his "gold" card. He kept the conversations lively, and interesting.
Charlene Skrabanek
June 14, 2013
Cates was a very giving,happy person. He always took the secretaries to lunch on his "gold" card. He keep the conversations lively and was never at a loss for words.
Charlene Skrabanek
June 14, 2013
Always a happy person. Praying for the family. He will be missed. Wade Gomillion
June 14, 2013
Jim was a long and well loved friend who will missed by both of us. We will ever remember that joyful voice and tender heart that made him special to us. Thanks old friend for all the good stories and times.
Clark Benson
June 13, 2013
Praying for all the family. Love and peace.
Paula Forrest
June 13, 2013
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