Obituary for Cletus “Kate” Decator Elsea, Sr.

Cletus “Kate” Decator Elsea, Sr., 93 of Berryville, Virginia, died Friday, September 7, 2012 in a local nursing home.

Mr. Elsea was born October 4, 1918 in Clarke County, Virginia, the son of James Albert and Ollie Damron Elsea.

He was a caretaker for the Delaney Estate.

He was a member of Mountain Baptist Church and the Berryville Moose Lodge #1283.

He married Marie Tomlin Elsea on March 8, 1941 in Frederick, Maryland.

Surviving with his wife are two sons, Cletus D. Elsea, Jr. of Berryville, VA and James H. Elsea and his wife, Judith M. of Berryville, VA; a sister, Naomi Ruth Milbourne of Leesburg, VA; two brothers, Albert Iden Elsea of Winchester, VA and Calvin Joseph Elsea and his wife, Genevieve of Pine Grove, VA; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Sisters, Virginia Singhas, Margaret Kinsman and Thelma Lee and brothers, Lloyd Elsea, J. Robert Elsea and Orlan P. Elsea all preceded him in death.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 A. M. Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville, VA with Rev. Dennis Griffin officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery, Bluemont, VA.

Pallbearers will be Gary Elsea, Dennis Elsea, Chad Elsea, Mike Elsea, Andy Tinsman and Tim Tinsman.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 P. M. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elsea Memorial Fund, c/o Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, P. O. Box 106, Berryville, VA 22611.

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