William Bailey Cates

June 20, 1930June 3, 2014

William Bailey Cates, 83, of Harrison, passed away on Tuesday, June 03, 2014 at his home.

He was born in Paducah, Kentucky and was a longtime resident of the Chattanooga area. William served our country during the Korean War in the United States Army. He retired from The Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maude and Claude Cates.

William is survived by his wife, Kathleen Cates; former wife and mother of William’s children, Martha C. Martin; children, Jeff (Marla) of Raleigh, NC and Lisa and special friend Liz of Louisville, KY; step sons, Mike (Janet) Ricketts, William and Thomas Ricketts; sister, Betty Garrett of Paducah, KY; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

A graveside service for William will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, June 6, at Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.

The family has asked that memorial contributions be made in William’s name to Hospice of Chattanooga at

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson


  • Graveside Friday, June 6, 2014

William Bailey Cates

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Emily Adams/McGuire

June 11, 2014

We were friends since the age of four. I loved "Billy" very much.He gave me a kiss on the cheek in the first grade. We were both so scared of "big school"! Bill was musical, sang beautifully, and a dear friend always. I'm saddened that I visit in Chattanooga often that I did not try to find him to say hello, old friend. Please know I extend my sympathies to K. and children. I will call Betty soon. Emily Adams McGuire

June 9, 2014

Bill was a fellow classmate of Class of 1948, ATHS in Paducah, KY. Praying God's blessings on his family and the many friends who remember him well.
He will be missed. Barbara Thomas Russell

Martha Sue Reeder

June 8, 2014

Bill was a member of our class at ATHS in Paducah, Ky. May God bless all of the family. Bill was a very kind and caring person. Keep the faith. Sue Reeder

Bob Garrett

June 5, 2014

God Bless Uncle Bill! Thank you for your contributions to the country. We will miss you...