Perry James Cates

January 22, 1932March 25, 2018

Perry James Cates, 86, of Amarillo, Texas passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018 in Dillsboro, Indiana.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 5 to 7pm in the Griggs Schooler Gordon Pioneer Chapel. Services will be held Friday, March 30, 2018 at 10am in the Pioneer Chapel with Reverend Claud Tugwell presiding.

Mr. Cates was born January 22, 1932 in Roy, New Mexico to Joseph and Caroline Cates. He was a graduate of Hereford High School. In 1960, He married Shirley Elms in Silverton, Texas. They lived most of their life in Amarillo. Perry became a builder in Amarillo and was a contractor for many years. He served as an officer and president in 1984 of the Panhandle of Texas Chapter of Associated General Contractors. He was a member of Paramount Baptist Church and ordained Deacon. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict as a Gunners Mate- 2nd Class. Perry was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and brother who will be missed my many.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Caroline, wife Shirley, two brothers, and a sister. He is survived by his son Troy E. Cates and wife Camille, sister Patsy Horn, two granddaughters, and one grandson.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to the Southern Baptist International Missions Board.


  • Clinton Cates Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • Ron Cates , Active Pallbearer
  • John Cates, Active Pallbearer
  • Pat Rucker, Active Pallbearer
  • Don Kenison, Active Pallbearer
  • Randall Haggard , Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 30, 2018

Perry James Cates

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Marion and Jimmy Marrs

March 31, 2018

Troy, I’m so sorry we didn’t see the notice until this morning; we are thinking and praying for you. We have such fond memories of our neighborhood with you, Shawna, and the girls playing and having lemonade stands together. Blessings to you and your family. Marion and Jimmy Marrs

John and Carolyn Davis

March 30, 2018

Troy and Camille, I just wanted to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. I didn't know about the visitation or service in time to come and I am so sorry. I am sure it was very nice. He is with you mom which I am sure is where he wanted to be. I have a lot of fond memories of them as wonderful neighbors and friends. Also, of watching you and Shauna grow up together. Your mom and dad were so proud of you and your family. Again, we are so sorry that we didn't know about the visitation and service in time to come.

Our Love and Prayers,
John and Carolyn Davis