Granville L. Cate

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Granville Lafayette Cate was born Dec. 8, 1928, in Clay County, Arkansas and departed this life Sept. 5, 2014, at Piggott Community Hospital at the age of 85.

He was the son of the Norris L. Cate and Arietta (Crawford) Cate. In 1954, he was united in marriage to Pat (Kilbreth) Cate. To this union three sons were born who survive, Grant Cate and wife Vickie of Poplar Bluff; Colin Cate of Campbell and Cam Cate and wife Sherry of Rector. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; one brother, Carl Cate and wife Pat of Walnut Ridge; one sister, Joyce (Cate) Crossfield Brawner of Piggott; one sister-in-law, Zilla Cate of Piggott and a special friend, JoAnn Broadway of Kennett.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat (Kilbreth) Cate; parents, Norris Cate and Arietta (Crawford) Cate; a brother, Loys Cate and a daughter-in-law, Sandy Cate.

Granville accepted Christ at an early age. He loved to sing and was a member of a gospel quartet when he was a young man. He was an avid reader and spent a lifetime enjoying books of all genres. He believed that education was the key to success in life. He served his country in the U.S. Army Corp and the U.S. Air Force. Some of the incidents in which he was involved included: The Berlin Airlift, the 1948 Georgian Incident, the 1956 Suez Crisis, the Cuban Missile Crisis, as well as two U-2 incidents. He served in the National Security Agency Intelligence Lab as NCOIC of the Intelligence Coalition Department. Following his years in service he returned to Piggott and was owner of numerous businesses, including Cate's Grocery Store; Cate's Electric, Heat & Air; Farmer's Insurance Agency; a restaurant and a laundry service. He was exceptionally talented and lived a very full life. Even with the full life he led, he was able to retire at the age of 49 years. He had a special love for animals and a passion to help children and people that he felt did not "get a fair shake in life."