Franklin D Cates

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Franklin D Cates

<p>FRANKLIN D. CATES</p><p>COX FUNERAL HOME</p><p>BASTROP, LOUISIANA</p><p><br></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Franklin D Cates passed away peacefully on May 31, 2024, in Sugar Land, Texas. Frank was almost 90 years old upon passing.</p><p><br></p><p>Frank was born July 1, 1934, in Huntsville, Alabama to parents Lawrence O. and Lucy M. Stone Cates. In the late 1940s, his family moved to Kingman, Arizona where he attended grade school and high school. In Frank’s late teens, he travelled to northern California to fight forest fires for almost a year. Upon return, Frank joined the Navy in 1951. After basic training, he was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas,&nbsp; where he was a hydraulic specialist in the Naval Air Corps. Overall Naval service was three years.</p><p><br></p><p>After discharge, Frank attended Abilene Christian College where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. During his studies at ACC, he met and married Norma J. Bawcom. They were married in Bastrop, Louisiana on May 31, 1957. The married couple eventually moved to the Borger, Texas and then on to Fritch, Texas in 1959. Frank and Norma had four children.</p><p><br></p><p>Frank worked as a Process Engineer for Phillips Petroleum starting in 1960. In 1979 they moved to Beatrice, Nebraska where he eventually became the Production Superintendent of a liquid fertilizer manufacturing plant. Phillips Petroleum eventually sold the plant Farmland Industries, from which he retired after thirty-six years.</p><p><br></p><p>After retirement, Frank and Norma called many towns their home. In 1996 after retirement, they moved to Abilene, Texas. Frank and Norma moved to Sugar Land, Texas in 1999 and then on to Frisco, Texas in 2006. In 2015, after almost 58 years of marriage, Norma passed away and Frank decided to move back to Sugar Land, Texas. Frank was a life-long member of The Church of Christ where he also taught classes.</p><p><br></p><p>Frank had very many special interests over the years. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Toastmasters International and even told stories at the local library during children’s hour. Frank had once been the president of the Chamber of Commerce and even mayor pro tem when they lived in Fritch, Texas. Frank was an avid golfer. He taught his children and grandchildren to love the game. At the age of 53, he received his pilot’s license. Later in years, Frank sold real estate. He was also very passionate about writing and became a published author. When he passed away, Frank had almost completed two additional books.</p><p><br></p><p>Frank was such a loving husband to Norma and a loving father. He was a good listener, funny, witty, intelligent “he was the Trivia know it all”. Great mentor, strong imagination for storytelling and always tried to keep a smile on his face. Frank loved country music and “oldie but goodie” movies from years gone by. He was well-liked by all. Frank’s love for his family was strong, and it showed in the way he lived.</p><p><br></p><p>Frank is preceded in death by his wife, Norma J. Bawcom Cates, parents Lawrence O. and Lucy M. Stone Cates, two sisters, one brother, and son-in-law Dean Bennett. Survivors include daughters Lisa Grandmaison (husband Dick), Lynne Bennett, sons are Warren (wife Lisa), and Brian (Life Partner Michael Lagow), three sisters and four brothers.</p><p>Frank was lovingly known as “Papaw” to seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.</p><p><br></p><p>Visitation will be on Friday, June 7th at Cox Funeral Home, 611 N. Washington Street, Bastrop, LA 71220 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Graveside service, with military honors, will be on Saturday, June 8th at 1:00 pm at Memorial Park Cemetery, 10800 US-425, Bastrop, LA 71220.</p><p><br></p><p>Memorials may be made to Altus Hospice (, Parkinson’s Foundation (, American Cancer Society (, or to a foundation of your choice.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><iframe height="330" width="512" allow="autoplay; fullscreen" src="" class="ts_player"></iframe></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
July 1, 1934 - May 31, 202407/01/193405/31/2024
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June 10, 2024

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June 08, 2024

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