Jimmy A. Cates

Posted: Fri 6:54 AM, Jun 14, 2013
Funeral Home: Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home
July 25, 1936 - June 12, 2013

Jimmy A. Cates, 76, of Odessa, passed away at Hospice House in Odessa Wednesday, June 12, 2013. He is now in the "BEST" place. Services are set for 3 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Northside Baptist Church with the Rev. Clydel Chapman officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens, all in Odessa.

Jimmy was born July 25, 1936 in Big Spring, Texas to his parents, Olen & Jewel Cates. He married Jeanette Stroope Fox on February 14, 2003 in Odessa. Jim grew up in Odessa and graduated from Odessa High School in 1955. He worked for Odessa and Garland, Texas water departments, before becoming an instructor for Texas A&M's Texas Engineering & Extension Service (TEEX) water and wastewater training from 1969 until he retired after 31 years in 2000. 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. When asked how he was, his answer was always, "I'm the happiest guy alive!"

He was preceded in death by his parents, Olen & Jewel Cates; his brother, Bob Cates; and his daughter, Angie Mertz.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Cates of the home; his step-son, Mark Fox and wife, Kaye, of Prosper, Texas; his step-daughter, Terri Fox of Odessa; two grandsons, Doug Mertz of Bryan, Texas and Devin Mertz, of Brenham, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Neela, Marlee & Levi Mertz & five step great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Dale Stroope and wife Frances of Rowlett, Texas and James Stroope and wife Marilyn of Fort Worth, Texas.

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.
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