Charles Cates

Charles Cates Sr.

Saturday, March 22nd, 1947 - Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
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Charles Cates, Sr., 73, of Dahlonega passed away Thursday April 2, 2020 at his residence following a period of declining health.
Mr. Cates was born March 22, 1947 to the late Carolton and Katherine Cates. Previously of Alpharetta, he had been a resident of Dahlonega for the past 40 years. Charles owned and operated Cates and Sons Farms in Dahlonega for many years. A great father and affectionately known as “Superman”, “Pop” and “Cowboy”, he will be missed by many. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Sue Cates and a number of siblings.
Surviving are his sons and daughter in law, Charles, Jr. and Lynnzie Cates, Tony Cates and his fiancé, Tia Stanfield, all of Dahlonega; fiancé, Gail Holland and her daughter, Sylvia Tanner of Dahlonega; sisters and brothers in law, Brenda and Jeff Gustafson, Sherry and Robert Graham, Rachael Genson, Jacqueline Hare; granddaughter, Phoebe Cates; four great grandchildren; a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The family is planning a celebration of life that will be announced at a later date.
Condolences may be expressed at
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA.
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Cassie Pugh

Posted at 01:59am
I had no idea Mr. Cates had passed until just now. I was looking on Bearden’s obituary listings and happened to come across it. I hate to hear of his passing. My condolences go to the family and loved ones. Charles was one of the funniest and most lively people I’d ever met. When my Pawpaw passed away just shy of 10 years ago, I had to take a 2nd job to help my grandma out. I started working early morning shifts at a small little diner in Dawsonville. I met Charles not long after I started working there. He’d come in for his coffee and he’d sit to shoot the breeze with his friends and me. He’d tell me all about farming stuff and all the hard work he was always doing. Often times he’d come in for breakfast accompanied by his wife Sue. I’d talk with them while it was slow in the restaurant and I’d love hearing their bickering. She was forever having to get on to him for the wild things that he’d say haha. He always kept my workdays interesting and I’d love seeing him come through the door of the diner bc I knew I was gonna be getting some good laughs in soon. He was truly a wonderful man. He was hardworking, funny, kind, and forward person. He told you how it was, whether you liked it or not and he didn’t care if you wanted to hear it or not lol. He’d be able to keep the whole room laughing. He invited me out to his house one time to pick up some firewood and vegetables. I went out and met up with Sue and Charles at their house. They had the coolest stuff around. They walked me around and showed me their antiques and their farming stuff. They were proud to be farmers and live off the land. They didn’t want more than they needed and they were happy with the life they lived. I wish more people these days were like them. You’ll be sorely missed, Charles 💕


Posted at 07:33am
To the family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to end all suffering. Before long, God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things (will) have passed away.”(Rev. 21:3,4). May this promise from God give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.

Lannie Abbott

Posted at 07:22pm
A very special friend of 35 yrs and riding buddy we rode a million miles together we’ve cut hay , raised cows and chickens , hauled litter and broke horses but most of all we rode and I thank you for all the wonderful memories our family has with you and sue , you were a friend, a teacher , and a uncle to my kids and you will be missed beyond measure thank you so much for all the laughter you gave us and save us a spot on the trail and we’ll see ya on the next ride

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