Cathy Jo (Cates) Upchurch

Born: Sun., Jan. 8, 1956
Died: Mon., Dec. 10, 2012


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Dec. 16, 2012
Location: Alexander Funeral Home

Memorial Service

4:00 PM Sun., Dec. 16, 2012
Location: Alexander Funeral Home

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Cathy Jo Cates Upchurch was born in Macon County, Tennessee, on January 8, 1956 to the late Thomas Cates and Betty Pharris Cates. She was one of five siblings born to this union.
Besides Cathy Jo’s parents; brother, Danny Cates, and grandparents, Elmary and Earl Pharris also preceded her in death.  
Cathy Jo was employed by Carter’s Automotive working on the assembly line for twenty years, before retiring in 2003.
Cathy Jo was previously married and has two sons, Thomas and Benjamin Gregory.
Later on June 19, 2003, she was married to Larry Upchurch, who survives.
She loved to go vacationing with her family and being outdoors fishing.  Cathy Jo enjoyed sitting back and watching her soap operas. She was a sweet and loving wife and mother.
Cathy Jo was saved and a member of Brattontown Missionary Baptist Church.
On Monday, December 10, 2012, the Lord called Cathy Jo home. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew and loved her.
A Memorial Service for Cathy Upchurch will be conducted Sunday, December 16th, at 4 pm from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Stephen Brooks officiating.
Cathy is survived by, Husband, Larry Upchurch of Lafayette, TN, Sons, Thomas Gregory, and Benjamin Gregory both of Murfreesboro, TN, Sisters, Candy (Terry) Gann, Cindy Cates all of Lafayette, TN, Brother, Mike Cates of Arizona, Aunt, Pat (Jimmy) Shrum, Uncle, Joe (Linda) Pharris all of Lafayette, TN, Sister-in-law, Kathy Cates of Lafayette, TN, several nieces and nephews also survive.
Alexander Funeral Home, Directors, in charge of arrangements.
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Patsy Rush
   Posted Fri December 14, 2012
Dear Tommy, Benji and family, So sorry to hear the news on the radio this morning. I have so many memories of Cathy Jo - spending the night at your great-grandparents' home when we were teenagers, office practice class in high school, and of course cheerleading camp and ball games. The last time I talked to her was a while back on the phone. She had accidentally dialed our number, and I recognized her voice. We had a nice chat. I feel so sad about what's happened. Please know I'm thinking of you. Mrs. Rush

Tammy Flynn Driver
   Posted Fri December 14, 2012
I have very fond memories of Cathy. We worked at Carter Automotive for 4 years together and was always a joy to work with. She was always fun to be around and kept everyone laughing. So sorry for your loss.

Lorne Wyatt
   Posted Wed December 19, 2012
I just found out about Cathy's passing. My heart is broken. I have such fond memories of her....May she rest in peace!

Lorne Wyatt

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