Callie U. Cates, 85 of Buies Creek died Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Greenleaf Care Center in Lillington. A native of Harnett County, she was the daughter of the late Simeon and Miriam Dew Upchurch. Callie was a faithful lifetime member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where she sang in the choir and continued to read daily Bible devotions even after she was no longer able to attend church services. She retired from Campbell University after over 30 years of employment as a food service manager with the University.
Graveside service will be conducted 11:00 am Wednesday at Pleasant Plains Methodist Church Cemetery in Buies Creek with Rev. Dr. Rick Jefferds officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the home of Tommy and Linda Stewart in Buies Creek.
Callie was survived by her sisters: Elvira Wilburn and Rachel Bennett, both of Buies Creek, Frances Brown of Sanford, and Betty Bennett of Fuquay-Varina. Many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the wonderful staff at Greenleaf Care Center. Their care and love for Callie will forever be appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church, 851 Oak Grove Church Rd, Angier, NC 27501.
Pleasant Plains Methodist Church Cemetery
Wednesday January 10th, 2018
174 Boykin Road
Lillington , NC 27546
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Callie I have a lot of good Memories of U. U were so good to us. Always enjoyed our little visits at UR house. U were always part of our gatherings at Mamas. Remember U loved to Sneak little” Reagan “ a piece of Fudge. Wondered many times if dogs go to heaven too. Know u loved us & will be watching over us still. Hope u are singing with Mama! Love U!
Submitted by Sandra Wilburn Pickett on Feb 4 2018 10:07:43 AM
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Mary Jane McNeill lit a candle on Jan 10 2018 08:10:08 AM
My heart felt condolences to the family. I have many fond memories of Ms.Callie growing up. She was such a sweet woman.
Submitted by Justin Ellis on Jan 9 2018 09:10:39 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. She was always such a sweet and humble person. I have many fond memories of her from my youth.
Submitted by Terri Padgett Massey on Jan 9 2018 03:12:56 PM
Callie was a sweet, wonderful lady. I have very fond memories of her from my childhood. My Mother loved her like a daughter. Blessings to the family.
Diane Cates Kiel
Submitted by Diane Cates Kiel on Jan 9 2018 11:04:05 AM
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Marie Matthews lit a candle on Jan 9 2018 07:47:05 AM
My sympathy to the family. Callie and my aunt were roommates at GreenLeaf. They looked after each other even though neither truly understood the other’s health issues.
We had some good laughs, especially when I tried to kill a fly in their room.
Submitted by Ann Butts on Jan 8 2018 02:37:56 PM
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