George A. LeCates Sr., 80

George A. LeCates Sr., 80, of Laurel, Del., passed away on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. He was born in Laurel on Jan. 25, 1938, to the late Granville W. LeCates and Mary Louise Long LeCates.

LeCates was a truck driver for Perdue Farms for 24 years before his retirement. He was also a farmer of grain and chickens. He enjoyed rabbit and coon hunting, horseback, riding and fishing. He was a family man who was devoted to his late wife, Norma. He loved his children and grandchildren. He always made you laugh and had funny comments, was outspoken and knew how to hold his ground.

In addition to his parents, LeCates was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Lee LeCates, on April 4, 2018; four brothers, Norval LeCates, John LeCates, Donald Lecates and Granville LeCates Jr.; two sisters, Myrtle Rogers and Virginia Hudson; a son-in-law, Albert Farley; and Austin, a great-great-grandchild. He is survived by five children, Diana Toomey of Georgetown, Del., James LeCates and his companion, Teresa, of Laurel, George LeCates Jr. and his companion, Joyce, also of Laurel, Ruth Boyer and her husband, Bob, also of Laurel, and Beverly Nichols and her husband, James, of Delmar, Del.; three sisters, Ilene Baker of Georgetown, Cathy Torbert of Milford, Del., and Yvonne Cooper of Laurel; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends.

A funeral service was to be held Aug. 15, 2018, at Watson Funeral Home, with burial at Carey’s Cemetery, both in Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at