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“It saddens me to hear of Lavonda's recent passing. My prayers are with you and your daughter during this difficult time. ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Angela Black - Shelby, NC

“Praying for you and your daughter. So sorry for your loss. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Holly Keever - Rutherfordton, NC

“Doug, So sorry for your loss. Will be praying for you and your family. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Teresa Dye - Fletcher, NC

“A very sweet and special girl who always had a smile on her face. I was blessed to call her friend. Lavonda will be greatly missed. Prayers for her...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Lisa Willsom - Pampa, TX

“Went to grade school with her , she was a real sweet person. My prayers to her family , may the lord give you all peace and strength in the hard days...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: David M Bookout - Clever, MO

“Doug and Elizabeth, I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish all the wonderful memories of Lavonda, she was truly an angel. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Betty Watson - PHS Classmate

“I am so sorry for your loss. she was a very sweet lady with a kind heart. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Carl Hubbard - Ellenboro, NC

“Prayers for Doug and his daugther . I am sorry for you loss. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Ligia - Spindale - Friend

“You were my favorite cousin growing up. We have made alot of memories together. You are dearly missed and loved. Mom, dad and I were truly...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Amy White - Waco, TX - cousin

“I am so sorry to hear about Lavonda's passing. I am sending loving thoughts and prayers to Doug, Elizabeth, Ralph, Tommy and Nicky and families and...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Debbie Kirk - Parker, CO - Cousin

“another flower in Gods garden, she was the love of Doug and Liz's life, gone and never to be forgotten ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Julia McInytre - Fort Stockton, TX


Lavonda B. Cates, age 49, of Newton Cole Road, Forest City, NC, died Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Lavonda was born September 29, 1963 in Pampa, Texas to Ralph Burnett and the late Bobbie Brownlee Burnett. She was a graduate of Pampa High School, class of 1983 and was also a graduate of Isothermal Community College. She worked for Burger King for over 20 years and was a member of Florence Baptist Church. Lavonda's joy was helping people and spending time with her family. She was also an avid bell collector.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by one sister, Cathy Burnett Martin.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Douglas Cates; one daughter, Elizabeth Cates of the home; father, Ralph Burnett and wife, Kay of Bostic; two brothers, Nicky Burnett and wife, Renee of Greer, SC and Tommy Burnett of the Dominican Republic.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2013 at the Grassy Knob Church Fellowship with Reverend Jerry Jackson and Reverend Dr. Bobby Gantt officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.