Jean Cate


Jean Cate, 91 of Knoxville,  passed away on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021.

She was born in Johnson City in 1929 to Chalmers Cates and Nelle Potts Cates.

She attended Knoxville Central High School and then went on to Carson-Newman University and the University of Tennessee.

She became a school secretary at Bradley Central High School and Hopewell Elementary School.

Jean was a charter member at Westwood Baptist Church in Cleveland and a member of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City, as well as a member of the Beta Sigma Phi.

Jean was proud of being in the book "First Families of Tennessee," which is about the first families that settled and made a home in Tennessee.

Jean liked playing the piano, gardening, memorizing scripture and traveling.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband Robert N. Gass.

Jean is survived by daughters: Vicki (David) Tucker and Jeanne (Ed) Stanley; son, John (Marty) Gass; sister, Barbara C. Hunter; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to a dear friend, Marla Richardson and to the staff at Tennova Hospice and Courtyards Assisted Living for all of their wonderful care of Jean.

Family and friends with gather at 12:45 p.m.  Sunday, Jan. 2, 2021, at Greenwood Cemetery in Knoxville for a 1  p.m. graveside service. Jake Torgeson, Jean's grandson-in-law, will officiate the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation made to the Samaritan's Purse: Operation Christmas Child at

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Cate family and invites you to view and sign the online registry at


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