Farming Rural 12

Kenneth J. Cate

July 31, 1925 ~ August 4, 2021 (age 96)

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Kenneth J. Cate, age 96, of Athens, passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at his family farm that has belonged to the Cate family for over 200 years.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents Arnold A. Cate and Sally Green Cate along with his siblings, Alfred B. Cate, Howard Cate, JB Cate, Harold Cate and Avis Cate as well as his first wife Jessie Lee Charles Cate, second wife Elsie Womac Cate and son-in-law Mike Stewart.

Kenneth is survived by his:

Children Debbie Stewart, Arnold Cate and wife Kathy, Sally White and husband Larry, and Jim Cate;

Grandchildren Kim Stewart, Tosha Stinnett, Jessica Cate and fiancé Devan Stephens, Christina Burrell and husband Jon, Christopher Cate and wife Kayla, Kevin White, and Ashley Cate;

10 Great Grandchildren.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Connie and Calvin Womac for their kindness and support and also the support and care provided by Gail Kaiser and Hospice of Chattanooga.

Graveside services will be at 4 PM, Sunday, August 8 at Sullins Cemetery with Rev. Gary King officiating. 

Pallbearers will be Christopher Cate, John Cate, Rick Cate, Jonah Dalton, Monty Davis and Kevin White.

If you cannot attend the graveside service, you are encouraged to sign the online registry at :

Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Kenneth J. Cate.

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August 8, 2021

4:00 PM
ATHENS, TN 37303

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