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.