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March 13, 1926 ~ July 23, 2018 (age 92)

Mattie Hennessee Cate

Age 92

Of Riceville

Passed away Monday morning, July 23, 2018

At her residence.


A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was the youngest child of the late Harl E. and Fannie Vincent Hennessee and was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, W. Hoyt Cate; two sisters, Ruby H. Harrison and Anna H. Norris; four brothers, Arthur, Arlen, Johnie and Billy Hennessee. She enjoyed working outdoors and gardening and was a longtime member of Eastanallee Baptist Church.


Survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law,

   Sheila and Jack Carr of Mt. Juliet

   Martha and Dale Woods of Riceville

   Rhonda and Curtis Womack of Athens

   Theda and Alan Dyke of Athens

One son and daughter-in-law,

   Calvin and Sonya Cate of Riceville

Seven grandchildren: Julie and Brandon Ladd, Amanda and Tim Guzowski, Trevin and Brandy Parkinson, Jeffrey and Cameron Cate, Derek and Meredith Galyon.

Seven great grandchildren: Tucker, Scarlett, Paxton and Ezekiel Ladd, Khade and Zoey Parkinson, and Trey Guzowski

One brother and three sisters-in-law,

   Charlie and Betty Hennessee of Athens

   Pearl Roberts of Calhoun

   June Cate of Riceville

Several nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be 11 am Wednesday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with Dr. John Powers officiating. Burial will follow in McMinn Memory Gardens with grandsons serving as pallbearers.


The family will receive friends 5-7 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Eastanallee Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 3148, Riceville, TN. 37370


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Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Mattie Hennessee Cate.

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