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Sanford Malcolm Cates

February 27, 1953 — August 15, 2023


In Loving Memory of a Remarkable Life: Remembering Sanford Malcolm Cates (February 27th, 1953 – August 15th, 2023)

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of a beloved husband and father, an ardent lover of music, an exceptional songwriter, and a dedicated dentist, Sandy Cates, who departed from this world too soon due to a swift battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.

His profound love for music ignited a lifelong passion that he shared with his community.  Through his music, he found a way to express the myriad of emotions that define the human experience.

In addition to his musical talents, “Dr. Cates” was a devoted dentist who served his patients with care and compassion for many years. His commitment to excellence in his profession was matched only by his dedication to his family and community. For 38 years, he proudly called the town of Randleman his home, immersing himself in its vibrant culture and forging connections that would last a lifetime.

Sandy is survived by his loving wife, Deborah Joy Cates, his three cherished children: Anna Cates Williams of Cedar Grove, NC; Emily Dare Cates of Whitsett, NC; and Evan Thomas Cates of Randleman, NC.  He is survived by his brother, Richard Cates, and sisters Jacqueline Rimmer and Marie Cates all of Person County, NC. 

The legacy of Sandy is further carried on through his three grandchildren: Ada Williams, Wyatt Cates, and Archer Cates. 

In honoring Sandy's memory, let us remember all he brought into our lives through his music, the smiles he created as a dentist, and the love he bestowed as a father, husband, brother, and friend. 

A visitation to honor Sandy's life will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2023 from 3-5 PM at Pugh Funeral Home, 600 S. Main St, Randleman, NC. A private graveside service will be held at Mt. Zion Global Methodist Cemetery in Hurdle Mills, NC at a later date.

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