Mr. Charles T. Cates III, age 89, of Fort Smith formerly of Benton died Friday, May 20, 2011. He was born April 18, 1922, in Maryville, Tenn. Charles graduated from the University of Tennessee and was a decorated WWII Air Force Veteran, an FBI Agent, employed for over 25 years with Alcoa, a Hospital Volunteer, an avid Razorback fan and golfer, and a member of the First Baptist Church in Benton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles M. and Grace Johnson Cates, his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth Pickens Cates and his sister, Penelope Bishop.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Chip and Charlene Cates of Fort Smith; grandson, Chris Cates, of Fayetteville; and brothers, Joe Cates, Bud Cates, Jim Cates, Steve Cates and Pete Cates.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m.Tuesday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Pine Crest Cemetery. Officiating minister will be Dr. Rick Grant.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Ashby’s.
Honorary Pallbearers are Joe Cates, Bud Cates, Jim Cates, Steve Cates, Pete Cates, Dale Mize, John Moritz and Wesley Dodson.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com .