Patsy Ruth Cates

November 19, 1941June 21, 2018
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Patsy Ruth Cates, of both Nacogdoches and Etoile, passed away Friday, June 21, 2018, in Lufkin at the age of 76 years, 7 months, and 2 days. She was born November 19, 1941, in Etoile to parents Leon Kimmey and Lena (Morton) Kimmey.

Patsy was a woman of strong Christian faith. She was the first woman elected into the Nacogdoches County Tax Office. She held her position for 4 terms and retired after 24 years of service to this county. She was the longest tenured person in her position for Nacogdoches County. Patsy was a pioneer woman who that loved her community and her job. She also loved going to the casino and playing the slots. She was even on a first name basis with most of the staff there and used the many comp points she received to enjoy the various perks of the casino. They even comped her a scooter to help her get around the casino. Her luck was so great at that she eventually won a car at the Horseshoe, along with many other items in her time there. Some of her hobbies included sewing, crafting, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Mrs. Cates was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Travis Leon Kimmey; and sister, Marie Broach.

She is survived by her husband, James Cates; sons, Don Norwood and wife Sandy and James Norwood; daughter, Sandra Morgan and Andre; sisters, Joyce Wesley and husband Carey and LaMerle Putt and husband Harlan; granddaughters, Courtney, Taylor, Laycie, and Lynsie; grandsons, Justin and J.C.; and 6 great granddaughters.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2018, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel officiated by Bro. Glen Morton. Interment will follow at Saints Rest Cemetery in Nacogdoches County.

Pallbearers will be Curtis Smith, Carey Wesley, Justin Norwood, Don Norwood, James Norwood, George Cantor, and Emily Hanzel.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Cason Monk-Metcalf.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.


  • James Cates, Husband
  • Joyce Wesley and husband Carey, Sister
  • LaMerle Putt and husband Harlan, Sister
  • Don Norwood and wife Sandy, Son
  • James Norwood, Son
  • Sandra Morgan and Andre, Daughter
  • Travis Leon Kimmey, Brother
  • Marie Broach, Sister
  • Leon Kimmey, Father
  • Lena Kimmey, Mother
  • Mrs. Cates is also survived by her granddaughters, Courtney, Taylor, Laycie, and Lynsie; grandsons, Justin and J.C.; and 6 great granddaughters.

  • Curtis Smith, Active Pallbearer
  • Carey Wesley, Active Pallbearer
  • Justin Norwood, Active Pallbearer
  • Don Norwood , Active Pallbearer
  • James Norwood , Active Pallbearer
  • George Cantor, Active Pallbearer
  • Emily Hanzel, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Sunday, June 24, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 25, 2018

Patsy Ruth Cates

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Shawna Hereford

June 24, 2018

A very dear sweet lady. I met Ms Patsy back in the 1990,s the good ole days we called it. When people gathered around to have dinner together,breakfast together.We celebrated birthdays together,played together,had holidays together and yes everyone partied together they called it.Family was family and friends were true friends all threw thick and thin.People were truly there for each other.When Ms Patsy called you her friend you were.She had a smile for everyone.She tried and ventured onto many things after her retirement.She just was not quite ready to just not have anything to do.Her girlfriends kept her busy they traveled and shop,d and hung out together a lot. The three Musketeers ,I use to call them.No matter what they were like glue together. Where you saw one the others were not to far behind.Unfortunately she lost one of the musketeers early on in their years. She was a very quite lady though,never a lot to say.When she did speak you listened.For it was always words of wisdom and good advice.She had a laugh that when she laughed you laughed.And she knew when people were full of it to and believe me she.d let you know that as well.(smile)She had a dear sweet lady that still remained her true friend up until the end.To whom has been my friend as well all these years Ms Barbra.I would call them Thelma and Louise together (smile).Both very out going ,always together,and looking out for each other. and something to get into.My heart goes out for the loss of this very special lady not only to her other friends as well,but to her family,to whom she so highly spoke of and was so proud of them all.And she truly loved everyone of them.She was very protective of her family and their family values.She cherished them all family and friends.She loved life itself and she was very adventurous.She taught me alot.I will always love and miss her.God Bless her and her family till that one fine day. When we all meet up yonder she would say. Will be truly missed.

mike dowdy

June 24, 2018

praying for you in the days ahead. Bonnie & Mike Dowdy

Donald Norwood

June 23, 2018

Donald Norwood

June 23, 2018

louise aka lulu hendry

June 22, 2018

I worked for Patsy for many years in the tax office ,in the middle 80's Patsy , Jannie Weatherly , and myself went on an European tour .We went to many different countries and had a very good time .I have been back over there several times and every time I go I think about her and all the fun we had. I will miss her .Rest in peace Patsy I will see you on the other side . Love Lulu