Jerry Cate


Jerry C. Cate, 71, of Cleveland, passed away at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born in and was a lifelong resident of Ocoee. Well-known as the unofficial mayor of Ocoee, he was a stranger to no one. He was very proud to be from Ocoee, and loved to be outdoors and racing go-carts on dirt tracks with his grandchildren. He loved animals, especially horses. He was a master mechanic, employed with John Deere for many years, self employed, and later retired from Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant. He took a lot of pride in his work and accomplishments.

He attended Cookson Creek Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carroll and Jimmie Cate; a brother, Reuben Cate; and a sister, Anna Sue Moore.

Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Lecetia Cate; his son, Carroll Cate (Sheri); sisters: Sally Stewart (Jack) and Louise Womac; grandchildren: Cody, Chelsea, Jenifer, Daylon, Taylor, Kennedy and Knox; great-grandchildren: Sophia, Ashton and Bella; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Cookson Creek Baptist Church on Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. 

The funeral will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, with the Rev. Mike Rymer officiating.  Burial will follow in Cookson Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family has requested the followingserve as pallbearers: Michael Stewart, Mark Stewart, Latt Teasley, Charles Lawson, Thomas Patterson and Greg Merrell; and honorary pallbearers: Howard Thompson, Kent Hicks. Browning Thomas and Ronnie Lowery.

You are invited to offer condolences, or share a memory of Jerry, in his online guestbook at

The Cody family and Companion Funeral Home of Cleveland are honored to assist the Cate family with these arrangements.


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