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John William Cates, age 58

John William Cates, age 58, of Beebe, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. He was born in Searcy, Arkansas on August 20, 1964 to the late Billy “Bill” Lawrence Cates and Shirley Ann Simpson-Cates.

John is preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law Harry McKay.

He leaves behind his children Jessica Cates of Ward, Sara (Jack) Phipps of Russellville, Cody Cates of Beebe, and Holden Cates of Beebe; sister Nancy McKay of Beebe; niece and nephews Brad McKay, Morgan McKay Wood, and David McKay; and many more friends and extended family.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 17, 2023 at 10:30 am at Antioch Cemetery, 2060 Arkansas Hwy 31, Beebe, Arkansas, 72012.

Memorials in John’s honor can be made to the Antioch Cemetery Fund 437 Hwy 31, Beebe, Arkansas, 72012.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. John’s online guestbook is available at


  • Stacy Yandell Posted April 13, 2023 4:03 PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be on my prayers

  • Carla Allinder Posted April 13, 2023 4:19 PM

    Nancy and family, so sorry for your loss, we are praying that God will wrap his loving arms around you all and give you comfort.

  • Sandra Rogers Posted April 13, 2023 4:56 PM

    Nancy, lifting you and his children up in prayer. So sorry to hear about this loss. Sending love

  • Jennifer Posted April 13, 2023 4:59 PM

    I am so.very sorry for your loss, Nancy. Keeping you and the family in my prayers.

  • Mary Broschk Posted April 13, 2023 7:15 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Nancy.

  • Leslie Hill Posted April 13, 2023 7:49 PM

    Sending prayers to the Cates family. May God bless you all.

  • Jerry Harris Posted April 13, 2023 8:41 PM

    Good guy gone too soon he will be missed 🙏❤️🙏

  • Jackie Speak Posted April 13, 2023 9:14 PM

    Love and Prayers Nancy ❤️🙏

  • Donald Ward Posted April 13, 2023 11:49 PM

    Nancy…I am so sorry to learn of the passing of John. May God comfort you in the days and weeks ahead. I will be praying for you in this difficult time! May God bless you…Donald Ward

  • Mary Green Posted April 14, 2023 7:12 AM

    Nancy my heart goes out to you. You are I. My thoughts and prayers!

  • Sandy Dennler Posted April 14, 2023 11:18 AM

    I worked with John and we carpooled together for several years. He was a good friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to all John’s friends and family.

  • Judy Hoggard Posted April 14, 2023 12:46 PM

    Nan. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Praying for you.

  • Shane Ives Posted April 15, 2023 4:24 PM

    Miss you buddy!!! Rest In Peace, Brother!!

  • Anita Menser Posted April 15, 2023 4:27 PM

    Love & gonna miss you!!

  • Lori Beard Posted April 15, 2023 4:28 PM

    Prayers for his children and family.God bless🙏

  • Carolyn Lovelady Posted April 15, 2023 9:45 PM

    Rest in Peace

  • Tisha Posted April 16, 2023 12:27 PM

    My thoughts and prayers go out to John’s children, friends, and his devoted fiancé of over eight years, Carrisa Henderson. I know how bad she is hurting and missing him right now. I pray that she can find peace and get some rest without him there beside her. Please keep her in your prayers during this time as well as his family. She was not mentioned in the obituary, so I wanted to remind people that she is also hurting and very lost right now. It’s hard to go from living with someone for eight years and being with them every day and night, to them not being there anymore. Nancy, I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • Steven childers Posted April 17, 2023 11:45 AM

    Gonna miss you brother.

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