OBITUARY

Charles Douglas Cates

June 10, 1964December 19, 2018
Play Tribute Movie Play Tribute Movie

Charles Douglas Cates, age 54, most recently of Foley, Alabama, died on December 19, 2018. He was raised in Center Point, Alabama, the only son of Charles and Frances Cates and eldest brother to four sisters. Upon graduating Hewitt-Trussville High School, Doug immediately enlisted in the US Army. Throughout his life, he also served in the US Air Force and US Coast Guard. Throughout his service time, he was able to experience life all over the world. Doug came to know Christ as his personal Savior as a young man, and as an adult, worshipped at Beth Hall Synagogue. One of the greatest moments of his life was visiting Israel and being baptized in the Jordan River. His faith was one of the cornerstones of his life. Doug was also fiercely devoted to his parents, sisters, nieces and nephews. He loved hiking, target shooting and taking care of his pets. If you didn't know him, he seemed shy and reserved, but to his friends and family, he was humorous and caring. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Cates and Frances Calfee Cates. He is survived by his sisters, Donna Lynn Haynes (Jerry) of Pell City, AL, Jena Frances Barnett (Doug) of Pinson, AL, Ann Marie Smith (Rodger) of Clanton, AL, and Amy Leigh Merrell (Rodney) of Gulf Shores, AL; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; aunts, Sylvia Lucas of Georgia and Sue Cates of Madison, AL; uncle, Joe Cates (Jackie) of Childersburg, AL; and best friend, David Glass. A Celebration of Doug's Life will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 11:30 AM at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo). The family will receive friends beginning at 10:30 AM. Burial will take place at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo at 12:30 PM.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 28, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, December 28, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, December 28, 2018
REMEMBERING

Charles Douglas Cates

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Patti Davis

December 24, 2018

I remember when you were born. I was so excited that there was another grandchild. Your Mom trusted me to hold you and it was at that time in my small life the biggest adventure ever. We have lost touch over the years and for that I will truly be sad. Regardless of how much time we missed, I have always loved you. Rest In Peace my sweet cousin.

Julius and Alyce Ewing

December 24, 2018

We met Doug and his sisters and parents years ago when we moved next door to his mother's parents in Foley,AL. They were all like family . I remember him, his sisters and our 2 kids playing in the popcorn tree in his grandparents backyard. After becoming friends on Facebook, we planned to meet, but it never happened. We stopped by Walmart a few times but didn't catch him at work. We know that he will be missed by all.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Charles Douglas Cates, age 54, most recently of Foley, Alabama, died on December 19, 2018. He was raised in Center Point, Alabama, the only son of Charles and Frances Cates and eldest brother to four sisters. Upon graduating Hewitt-Trussville High School, Doug immediately enlisted in the US Army. Throughout his life, he also served in the US Air Force and US Coast Guard. Throughout his service time, he was able to experience life all over the world.
Doug came to know Christ as his personal Savior as a young man, and as an adult, worshipped at Beth Hall Synagogue. One of the greatest moments of his life was visiting Israel and being baptized in the Jordan River. His faith was one of the cornerstones of his life.
Doug was also fiercely devoted to his parents, sisters, nieces and nephews. He loved hiking, target shooting and taking care of his pets. If you didn't know him, he seemed shy and reserved, but to his friends and family, he was humorous and caring.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Cates and Frances Calfee Cates. He is survived by his sisters, Donna Lynn Haynes (Jerry) of Pell City, AL, Jena Frances Barnett (Doug) of Pinson, AL, Ann Marie Smith (Rodger) of Clanton, AL, and Amy Leigh Merrell (Rodney) of Gulf Shores, AL; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; aunts, Sylvia Lucas of Georgia and Sue Cates of Madison, AL; uncle, Joe Cates (Jackie) of Childersburg, AL; and best friend, David Glass.
A Celebration of Doug's Life will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 11:30 AM at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo). The family will receive friends beginning at 10:30 AM. Burial will take place at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo at 12:30 PM.