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Gaines Cato, Jr., 71, son of Gaines Cato, Sr. and Elizabeth Dewitt Cato, was born on July 14, 1949 in Sumter County. Having been shaped and educated by humble rural, country life, he recruited himself several careers ranging from sharecropping fieldwork in the deep south to exciting upbeat tenures in the state of New York. On Sunday, July 26, 2020, Mr. Gaines took comfort in earthly rest and transitioned into eternal righteousness, reuniting in spirit with his doting parents and his equally beloved eldest brothers, James “Cowboy” Cato, Sr. Surviving in the legacy of his life is his sister, Lucille Cato-Prioleau and brother-in-law, David L. Rembert; his brother, Ben L. Cato, Sr.; his nephew, whom he called his brother and pastor, Bishop Jerry J. Prioleau; a host of other relatives and friends. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 224 Raven Brook Road, Eastover. Funeral services will be held 2 p. m., Saturday, August 1, 2020 in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with Bishop Jerry J. Prioleau, officiating, eulogist. Funeral procession will leave from the home at 1:00 p. m. Burial will be in the Mayesville Cemetery.

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