OBITUARY

Joseph C. Cates Jr.

December 19, 1955November 2, 2019
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Joseph C. Cates, Jr., age 63 of Stockbridge, GA, beloved son of Myra Ann Todd passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 2, 2019 surrounded by his mama, sister, brothers and family.

Survivors also include: sister, Glenda Todd Maner, brothers, Ronald Todd (Victoria), Richard Todd (Sonja) and Tommy Todd (Missy), many nieces, nephews, loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, E.T. Todd, Jr., father, Joseph C. Cates, Sr., brother, Roger Todd, grandparents, Gertrude Cates, Arlin B. Marsh, and Dolores Corbin.

Joseph was a 14 year veteran, serving in the U.S. Army as a photographer. He also had a passion for astrology, traveling and the outdoors. He was a dedicated employee of the Georgia Department of Transportation for over 17 years as an IT Specialist.

Family and friends are invited to gather for visitation on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. and Thursday, November 7th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281, where funeral service will be held on Thursday beginning at 1 p.m. Entombment will immediately follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens.

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  • Survivors also include: sister, Glenda Todd Maner, brothers, Ronald Todd (Victoria), Richard Todd (Sonja) and Tommy Todd (Missy), many nieces, nephews, loving family and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his step-father, E.T. Todd, Jr., father, Joseph C. Cates, Sr., brother, Roger Todd, grandparents, Gertrude Cates, Arlin B. Marsh, and Dolores Corbin.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, November 7, 2019

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Brandee Williams

November 15, 2019

Definitely gonna miss Joseph. Super nice guy. Would always talk to him when we'd be on break at work. We could talk about anything. Definitely one of the good ones.

George Walker

November 7, 2019

Joseph was a great coworker and a good friend that enjoyed helping others. Joseph will be truly missed by everyone that knew him.

Michelle Gregg

November 6, 2019

Joseph's light was so bright and so loving! I know that light continues to shine strongly where he is now. I'll miss his constant smile, the laughter that was always in his voice, his insistence that every challenge was "a piece of cake," his brownies, his incredible intellect and wit... all of us at MAAS will! We love you Joseph!

Sabrina Whitney

November 6, 2019

Joseph was one of my first friends at GDOT. He always made sure I got a brownie when he would make them. I always enjoyed our conversations about everything from super-massive black holes to the biggest burgers. His pictures from the Grand Canyon were breathtaking. He was always super helpful with computer stuff, work-related and non-work-related. GDOT is not going to be the same without him.

Doug Smith

November 6, 2019

Joseph was one who always tried to keep up with his RCHS Class of 1974 classmates! He will be missed, but not forgotten.

Connie Burnett

November 5, 2019

I will never forget the first time I saw Joseph. My sister, brother, and I were just starting the Rockdale County Schools, riding the same bus as Joseph rode. We all became fast friends. That was so long ago. My momma, Aunt Pearl, and Ms Ann also became friends.
Joseph always called me " CONNIE SUE", never just Connie. We had art classes together, loved photography together and he was always so great at this, and I loved to listen to him talk about the stars.......
I loved my friend very much. I knew that if I needed him for anything, he would be there to help me. He always had a huge smile and a huge hug for me.
I will miss him every day. I will miss my " Connie Sue....and his well you know.....".....but I know I will see my friend in Heaven. I love and will miss you Joseph.




Therese Smith Owens

November 4, 2019

Joseph and myself went to school together and graduated from RCHS, 1974. I am so sorry for your loss. Joseph was a great guy. The family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and comfort in our Father.

Linda Ledford Cooley

November 4, 2019

Joseph and I were friends from high school. We graduated in 1974 together. He was a great classmate and friend. Our sympathy and prayers go out to the entire family.

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Biography

Joseph C. Cates, Jr., age 63 of Stockbridge, GA, beloved son of Myra Ann Todd passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 2, 2019 surrounded by his mama, sister, brothers and family.

Survivors also include: sister, Glenda Todd Maner, brothers, Ronald Todd (Victoria), Richard Todd (Sonja) and Tommy Todd (Missy), many nieces, nephews, loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, E.T. Todd, Jr., father, Joseph C. Cates, Sr., brother, Roger Todd, grandparents, Gertrude Cates, Arlin B. Marsh, and Dolores Corbin.

Joseph was a 14 year veteran, serving in the U.S. Army as a photographer. He also had a passion for astrology, traveling and the outdoors. He was a dedicated employee of the Georgia Department of Transportation for over 17 years as an IT Specialist.

Family and friends are invited to gather for visitation on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. and Thursday, November 7th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, 376 Fairview Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281, where funeral service will be held on Thursday beginning at 1 p.m.
Entombment will immediately follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens.