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MSG. Jerry Lee Cates, 76, of Dayton Mountain, TN passed away Wednesday, June 5th at Parkridge Medical Center with his daughters by his side.
Jerry was born on November 08, 1942 in Chattanooga, TN. He was a 23 year veteran of the United States Army. He also served in the National Guard and Auxiliary Coast Guard. After retiring from the military, he drove a truck for 26 years before retiring to fish, farm and spend more time with his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife of 53 years, Pearly Simmons Cates; daughter, Tracey Sinclair and brother, Dwayne Nipper.
He is survived by daughters, Meredith Revis and Shannon Cates of Dayton, TN and Josee Hipp of France; brothers, David Williams, Harley Nipper, Terry Nipper and Tim Nipper; sister, Yvonne Galager; 8 grandchildren, Jaime Cates, Jordan Brown, Jessica Hancock, Kevin Sillien, Paige Hancock, Cameron Sinclair, Noah Sinclair and Lacy Sinclair and 2 great grandchildren, Gabriel McCloud and Sarah McCloud.
Service will be held in Bonifay, FL. Monday at 10:00am at the Shady Grove Baptist Church with Brother Darrell officiating. He will be laid to rest next to his wife and daughter in Shady Grove Baptist Cemetery.
Family will receive friends Monday from 9:00am -10:00am at the church.
A memorial service will be held at Walden’s Ridge Baptist Church on Dayton Mountain at a later date.