Acie H. Cates, Jr.
July 10, 1930 - August 6, 2017
ACIE HOMER CATES, JR., age 87 of Amarillo, died Sunday, August 6, 2017. Mr. Cates was born in Roswell, New Mexico, July 10, 1930. He graduated from Roswell High School and attended Eastern New Mexico University’s Roswell Branch. He joined Southwestern Public Service Company in 1948. He married Marilyn Mayer in Dexter, New Mexico in 1950. In 1978 they moved to Amarillo where he worked for SPS Co. until his retirement in January 1994.
He served the Roswell community in several capacities: President of the Chaves County Safety Council, Health and Safety Chairman of the Conquistador Council and Safety Chairman of the Rio Hondo District for the Boy Scouts of America Advisory Committee to Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell Branch; New Mexico Trade and Industrial Advisory Committee; and Personnel Appeals Board for the City of Roswell. He was a long time member and deacon of The First Baptist Church of Roswell.
In Amarillo, he acted as President of the Panhandle Personnel Association; District Director of the American Society of Personnel Association; member and Chairman of the Greater Amarillo Red Cross Chapter. He served as deacon, Chairman of the Deacons and Trustee to the First Baptist Church Amarillo; Chairman of the First Baptist/Amarillo Foundation; Vice President and President of Park Place Towers, an Amarillo retirement center. Additionally, he served as Vice President and President of The Town Club.
Since his retirement, he became an avid golfer, enthusiastic world traveler, and landscape painter. It gave him great pleasure to gift his paintings to friends. Some of them reflected sites he and Marilyn visited in their travels.
He will be best remembered as a godly example for his children and grandchildren, a listening ear and wise counsel to family and friends, and for his engaging smile and wonderful sense of humor.
Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Edge and husband John of Spring, Texas and Julie Hargraves and husband Dr. Ronald Hargraves of Wheeling, West Virginia; a brother, Dr. Robert Cates and wife Anna, of Sedona, Arizona; a sister, Marjorie Curry and husband Kenneth of Hillsboro, Texas; four grandchildren,Amy Gonzales and husband Joseph of Lewisville, Texas, Erik Burket of Apex, North Carolina, Emily Hancock and husband David of Raleigh, North Carolina, Brian Edge of San Francisco, California; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Marilyn Cates.
The family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas and the First Baptist Church, Roswell, New Mexico.