Barney B. "Tinker" Cates Jr.

January 25, 1930February 24, 2013

Barney B. “Tinker” Cates, Jr., 83, passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Tinker was born January 25, 1930 in High Point to the late Barney B. Cates, Sr. and Edell Hunt Cates. He was a 1948 graduate of Greensboro High School, a US Army Veteran and retired Postal Letter Carrier. On September 1, 1951, he married his high school Sweetheart, Jeanette Melvin Cates, who survives him.

Tinker was a man of great Faith and was a member of Hunter Hills Evangelical Church. He loved his family and enjoyed every one he met during his life, recalling stories with fond memories.

Tinker is survived by his loving wife, Jeanette; children; Susan (Steve) Wolfe, Mary Jayne (Roger) Seigler, Robert “Bobby” Cates and Carol (Mike) Rogers; grandchildren, Douglas and Chris Wolfe and Michael and Brittany Rogers; niece, Jan Wagoner; siblings, Rick (Wanda) Cates, Linda Suits and Mary Ellen Evangelista. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert N. Cates and William Cates.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel and the funeral service will be on Wednesday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel. Burial will follow at Guilford Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hunter Hills Evangelical Church, 1201 Merritt Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407.


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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Sherry Montgomery

February 28, 2013

I remember Tinker from Bank of America mail services. He always had a smile on his face and something cheerful to say. I'm so sorry your family's loss.

debbie morgan

February 27, 2013

will be thinking about you guys today

Barbara Hobbs Mashburn

February 27, 2013

I have known Tinker all my life,he was so much fun.He loved his childen and Honey very much...He had a wonderful voice...So I know that Larry Thomas,Heber Turnage and Evett Jenkins are rejoicing in heaven today cause the mens quatet is all together again...And Rachel Hobbs is there too to play for them ...We all will miss you...You gave us all a respect for each other...

James Alvin Brock

February 26, 2013

Thinker was a great neighbor! I don't no how many years, but it was close to 35 years! And he made my family feel welcome! He was a gentle soul! Thank you for the good laughs and that wave & smile.. We the Brock Family, send our prays to your family!

James Alvin Brock

February 26, 2013

So sorry for your lost! He was a great friend, and made beckford a safe and friendly place to be! A gentle soul! The Brock family send our deepest prays to your family....

Rev Dale & Rhonda Dragomir

February 26, 2013

I was sorry to hear about Tinker's passing. His obituary stated that he was man of great faith. I would echo that fact. As I served as his pastor for 23 years, he was always a joy to be around. I enjoyed the years we sang together in the choir and how he would try to keep me on pitch. I appreciated the times of fellowship we had, such as when we stayed up all night for the barbeque supper cooking pork shoulders.

He was a man of great energy as well. I remember how he loved going to the coast on fishing trips and hearing the stories of casting nets and fishing off the beach and pier.

He was also a reflective man. I could always count on him to provide wisdom and insight from his years of reading the scriptures and walking with the Lord.

Certainly he has joined that great heavenly cloud of witnesses mentioned in Hebrews 12:1. I thank the Lord for the impact he had on my life.

I pray the Lord will bring comfort and strength to Jeanette and all the family during this time.

Marcia Calloway

February 26, 2013

May God grant you comfort and strength during this difficult time. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

February 26, 2013

I'm sorry for your loss. May you cherish all your memories. May we all look to God's word the Bible for hope during these difficult times.

Jonell Hosford

February 26, 2013

I am terribly sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you strength in this time and the days to come and peace in knowing he is home.

Debra Dunlap

February 26, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear about Barney's passing. May fond memories of Barney along with the hope at John 6:40 bring the family comfort and peace during this difficult time.