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Earl C. Cates

Published: 02/22/2013

Earl C. Cates, age 85, of Hartford, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Tennova Newport Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother Isaac T. and Effie Laws Cates, wife Lagretta Cates, daughter Janice Scott, and sisters Zanna, Eloda, Evolyn, and brother Ben.

He is survived by his daughter Sandy Kelly of West Deptford, New Jersey, grandchildren Louis, Dena, Wendy, and Gabbi; great-grandchildren Amelia, Margot, and Sophia; sisters Naomi Seay of Del Rio, Doris Lynch of Knoxville, and Bea Freeman of Del Rio. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation in the Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, February 22, 2013, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with the funeral service on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Max Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in the Cates Cemetery.

Friends may register online at

Brown Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cates family.

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