James Eugene Caton

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James Eugene Caton

James Eugene Caton Memorial services for James Eugene "Gene" Caton, 72, of Lone Grove will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Craddock Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Leroy Holman officiating. Inurnment for family will follow at Lone Grove West Memorial Cemetery.
A night of visitation for family and friends will be from 6-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Gene was born July 5, 1946, in Ada to James Lee Caton and Maude Gertrude (Roper) Caton. He passed from this life March 1, 2019, in Oklahoma City.
Gene graduated in 1964 from Byng High School, also making the all-state team baseball that year. He attended East Central University in Ada and graduated in 1968.
That year, he started teaching and coaching baseball in Lone Grove and coached there until 1990. He later retired from teaching in 2008 after a long and successful career.
While at Lone Grove, he helped restart the baseball program. Coach Caton's Longhorns made seven state tournament appearances during this time with two state championships, three state runners-up, and two state semifinal appearances, with a total of 333 achieved wins. Gene was not one that sought glory nor spoke praise. He never bragged of his accomplishments because he believed that your actions earned it.
He loved baseball and enjoyed camping and traveling and was an "avid" St. Louis Cardinals fan. Gene cherished spending time with family and his grandchildren. He was a member of Maranatha Freewill Baptist Church of Ardmore.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Maude Caton, and brother Bob Caton.
Gene is survived by his son, Chris Caton and wife, Laura, of Lone Grove; a sister, Sylvia Roundtree and husband, Richard, of Brenham, Texas; brothers Doyle Caton of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dock Caton and wife, Norma, of Aurora, Illinois, and Jerry Caton of Allen, Texas; two grandsons Mateo Caton and Conner Caton; granddaughter Riley Caton, all of Lone Grove; five nieces; seven nephews; 12 great-nieces; 13 great-nephews; one great-great-niece; two great-great-nephews; and many cherished friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lone Grove baseball team c/o ANB, P.O. Box 5009 Ardmore, OK 73403.
Published on March 8, 2019
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Dock Caton
Mar 10, 2019
Gene, I know where you are today, and I am so thankful for the last few minutes you gave to me to say good by before I left to Israel. I will not be with you at your going home celebration, but i know you are waiting on me at home base. Today, I will be walking in the places that Jesus walked. But you are far better off, you are walking beside Him. You hit your last home run, you won the game, and you are safe at home. God,s speed my brother. DockCaton