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Michael "Mike" Wesley Cates

January 7, 1950 ~ July 10, 2021 (age 71)


Michael “Mike” Wesley Cates, age 71, of Pittsboro, died Saturday, July 10, 2021, at home.

Mike was born in Durham County, North Carolina on January 7, 1950, to the late Carl Denver Cates and Geraldine Pickett Cates. He was also preceded in death by one nephew, Jeremy Cates.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Dianne S. Cates of Pittsboro, two sons, Alex Cates of Silk Hope, Patrick Cates and wife Taylor of Pittsboro, one daughter, Wendy Cates Burgess and husband Jeff of Apex, two brothers, David Cates and wife Patty of Louisburg, Randy Cates of Pittsboro, one sister, Cindy Creed and husband Van of Pittsboro, and three grandchildren, Wesley Burgess, Allison Burgess, and Lincoln Cates.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 14, 2021, from 6PM-8PM at Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory Griffin Chapel. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 11:00AM at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church with Rev. Dan Robinson presiding. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for memorial contributions to be made in Mike’s memory to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123.

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July 14, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory Griffin Chapel
396 West St.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Funeral Service
July 15, 2021

11:00 AM
Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, Mt. Gilead Church Rd, NC, Pittsboro

July 15, 2021

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery
1785 Mt. Gilead Church Road


American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tel: 1-800-227-2345

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