William “Bill” Ellis Cates Jr.

Published 2:27 pm Tuesday, January 4, 2022

William “Bill” Ellis Cates Jr., a long-time resident of Chocowinity, North Carolina, passed away on December 22, 2021, at age 86. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ellis Cates Sr. and Mamie Allene Castile Cates; brother Clarence Edward Cates; eldest daughters, Debora Cates Zolty and Catherine Ann Cates; and his stepson Scott Hamilton Fairfax. Surviving is his loving wife of nearly 40 years, Brenda Webb Cates; sister Carolyn Guthrie (Charlie); daughter Kimberly Cates Susice (Kent); stepdaughter Jennifer Fairfax Daniel (Rick); ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and other family.

Bill was a gifted artist and kept busy during retirement by traveling with the Friendship Force. He was civic-minded and spent much of his time volunteering for several organizations in the community including the Kiwanis Club, AARP, and The Down East Seniors. Bill enjoyed many hobbies including home improvement projects, square dancing, being on the water, and cheering on his beloved Redskins. His quick wit, humor, and kind heart will never be forgotten.

A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on January 8, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church of Washington, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida or in honor of his wife to The ALS Association.