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Brenda Webb Cates (80), a long-time resident of Chocowinity, North Carolina, passed away on July 6, 2023, surrounded by family at her daughter’s home in Georgia.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 39 years, William “Bill” Ellis Cates, Jr.; son Scott Hamilton Fairfax; stepdaughters, Debora Cates Zolty and Catherine Ann Cates; brother, U.K. Webb (Nancy); sister-in-law Judy Webb; brother-in-law Gene Wilson; and her parents. She is survived by her daughter Jennifer Fairfax Daniel (Rick); stepdaughter Kimberly Cates Susice (Kent); daughter-in-law Lynn Fairfax; siblings, Gerald Webb, Sheila Webb, and Glenda “Denny” Wilson; sister-in-law Carolyn Guthrie (Charlie); former husband Jay Hamilton Fairfax (Pamela); ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other family.
Brenda was born in Erwin, Tennessee, on November 10, 1942, to Arnold “A.M.” Webb and Willene Margaret Davis Webb. She worked and raised her children in northern Virginia, later retiring in North Carolina, where she made Little Washington and then Chocowinity home. She was very active in her church, local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapter and other women’s groups and community organizations. She and Bill traveled extensively with the Friendship Force, making friends from across the globe. She was very social and always enjoyed hosting friends and family for a visit or dinner party, where she cooked an amazing meal. Despite the many challenges she faced as ALS symptoms progressed, she remained persistent in her fun spirit, independence, and poise. Her kindness, elegant fashion sense, love for music and dancing, sweet Southern demeanor, friendly smile, and much more will never be forgotten.
A memorial service previously scheduled for Labor Day weekend has been postponed due to weather and COVID. It will be rescheduled for a date in the near future; new service details will be shared as soon as possible. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The ALS Association (als.org) or Daughters of the American Revolution (dar.org).
Georgia Cremation in Duluth, GA assisted the family with arrangements.