Lloyd Dean Cates

Lloyd Dean Cates, 82, of Bolivar passed away Sunday June 30, 2019, at CMHCF from a lingering illness.

Lloyd was born Aug. 23, 1937, in Halfway to Olma Cates and Stella Faye Whitney Cates. 

Lloyd served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962, then served in the Army Reserve for several years.

In 1955, Lloyd married Lela Cowden. They lived in a school bus in his mother’s yard. The couple lived in Oklahoma and Idaho, finally settling in Bolivar. 

Lloyd worked at Northside Market, Frasier’s Market, Wade’s Supermarket and Bolivar Coca-Cola, where he retired after 31 years.

In his senior years, he worked at Bolivar Walmart as a people greeter for 10 years. 

Even though he worked at various jobs, his greatest rewarding job was being a father to his daughter, Stephanie, born in 1975; son Michael, born in 1979; and his only grandchild, Zachary Blazer, born in 1995. 

Lloyd enjoyed spending time with his family, talking on his CB radio using his handle “Side Burns,” playing card games, giving out hugs and butterscotch candy. 

Lloyd was preceded in death by both his parents, his son, Michael, his older sister, Betty Lou, and his nephew Travis.

He is survived by his wife, Lela, of 63 years, his daughter, Stephanie Elliott and grandson Zachary Blazer, all of Bolivar, his sister Debbie Kelly and niece Roby Cedeno of Columbia, niece Janett Pickett of Nampa, Idaho, and many sisters-in-laws, brothers-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

A remembrance gathering will be held for Lloyd from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at Bolivar’s CMH Community Room 3. A meal will be served. Those wanting to contribute to the meal are asked to bring a dish to add to the meal. 

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