Benny Clark Cates
September 23, 1944  -  May 1, 2018

Benny Clark Cates

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Funeral Service
Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel
5750 HWY 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
Saturday, May 5, 2018
2:00 p.m.
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Benny Clark Cates, 73, passed away on May 1, 2018 in Abilene. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 5, 2018 in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 Hwy 277 South. Chris McCurley of Oldham Lane Church of Christ will officiate the service.
Benny was born in Lockney, TX to Fred Clark and Lula Mae Cates on September 23, 1944. He married Marilynn Quain Cates on June 21, 1964 in Plainview, TX at 11th Street Church of Christ. He worked as a farmer in Floyd County until he was in his 40’s. He was a member of Oldham Lane Church of Christ. He looked forward to working out a Hendrick Pulmonary Rehab. The staff was wonderful and he made many friends.
Benny was preceded in death by his parents Fred Clark and Lula Mae Cates; and one sister, Rhe Northcutt.
He is survived by his wife, Marilynn Kathleen Cates; daughter, Betty Hatton; Sons, Steve Cates and wife Tracy, and James Ronald Cates; many beloved grandchildren, Stephanie and Levi Justice, Colten and Allie Sanders, Alec, Mikaela, Caleb and Kent Cates; and great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Addison Sanders.
The family of Benny would like to extend our sincere thanks to APD, AFD, MetroCare, Hendrick ER, Hendrick Pulmonary Rehab, and Oldham Land Church of Christ and the City of Abilene Sr. Citizen Center.
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  1. Carlene Kirby
    lubbock, TX

    I just heard this morning about your loss. So sorry to hear that news. God will give you the strength for the days ahead. My blessings and love, Carlene

  2. Mark & Loretta (Turner) Nutt
    Dimmitt, TX

    Prayers to you and the rest of the family Steven. May you find comfort in him above.

  3. Lacye Comer
    Amarillo, TX

    Marilyn so sorry for your loss. I will have fond memories of our many 42 matches and the great friendship that resulted from those. My prayers are with you and your family.

    He will be missed in our 42 family!

  4. Chuck Tarver
    Abilene, TX

    Sorry for your loss Marylyn, god be with you and your family .
    Ben will be missed by all. He was one of the best 42 players I have known.

  5. WilmaBarclay
    Plainview's, TX

    My deepest condolences to family and friends.

  6. Judy Busch
    Abilene, TX

    I really enjoyed knowing Ben and he will certainly be missed.
    May God be with your family.

  7. Pat & Roce Blackshear
    Dumas, TX

    Marilyn, so sorry for your loss. You and all your family are in our prayers. Love to you, Pat (Turner) & Royuce Blackshear

  8. Scott Kemp
    Abilene, TX

    Benny was a good friend and will be sorely missed.

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