Born in Dallas, Texas to Robert N. and Wanda June Cates.
Receives a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University and becomes a teacher for Beeville Independent School District.
Becomes a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.
Marries Sue Anne Sadler.
Receives a Master of Education from Texas Tech University.
Receives a Master of Arts from Sul Ross State University and becomes a teaching assistant at Texas Tech University.
Becomes a teacher for Levelland Independent School District.
Receives a Doctor of Education from Texas Tech University and becomes an assistant professor at West Texas State University.
Becomes an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina.
Serves as director of the Center for Excellence in Special Education Technical at the University of South Carolina.
Becomes an associate professor at Cameron University.
Promoted to full professor at Cameron University.
Becomes a pastor at United Methodist Church.
Receives a Master of Divinity from the Perkins School of Theology.
Becomes a pastor at Christ United Methodist.