Evelyn Hudgins Cate
June 16, 1930 – January 11, 2021
Evelyn Frances Hudgins Cate passed away on January 11, 2021 at the age of 90 from complications of COVID-19.
Evelyn was born in Chattanooga, Tn on June 16, 1930. She graduated from Red Bank High School and Tennessee Wesleyan College where she met her husband, Tommy Cate. They were married for 67 years until his passing in 2018. Evelyn was the true support behind Tommy and managed the household during the frequent moves early in his career at Dupont. Her children lovingly remember her love and support during their childhood. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, served as a den mother in the Cub Scouts. She faithfully attended and supported all athletic events during the growing up years, she supported and encouraged all music development including church choirs and serving as “Band Mom” for McGavock High School Bands. She enjoyed camping and fishing and was an expert at organizing annual trips to Panama City Beach, because the “family needed to stay together”. She played tennis for many years and cherished the friendships made at Ravenwood Country Club. Evelyn also served her community. She cooked meals for her church, Donelson Heights UMC, and for the Ronald McDonald House. She was a faithful member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class at Donelson Heights and her final contributions to the church was to help prepare beds for the Room at the Inn guests. Most important of all though, was her voice. Evelyn had the voice of an angel and the servant’s heart to share with all. She faithfully sang in the church choir, for weddings, funerals, and for fundraisers. Many have said that it wasn’t Christmas for them unless they heard Evelyn sing “O Holy Night.” She is preceded in death by her husband, Tommy M. Cate, her parents, Kendred Wilson and Frances Hudgins, and brother, Jackie Hudgins. She is survived by her children; Cynthia Shanks (Bob Houseman), Doug Cate (Debbie), and Susan Barnett (Roger). She is also survived by her grandchildren; Jeremy Cate, Kristin Hopkins (Greg), Rachel Settle (Josh), Sara Dorr (Danny), Wade Barnett (Kendra) and Wilson Barnett (Mary Ann) and six great-grandchildren. Special mention should also be made for surviving in-laws Alfred and Eunice Cate, and John Lynn. In consideration of the COVID -19 pandemic, a private graveside burial with immediate family will be conducted. A Celebration of Life will be held when it is safer to do so. Any donations in her memory may be made to “Room at the Inn” or to the charity of your choice. Please offer condolences, share a memory, at the Mt. Olivet website.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Evelyn Hudgins Cate
Norma Jean Suiter
January 19, 2021
Evelyn was a true and gracious Southern lady. She had a big heart and shared her God given voice for the enjoyment and celebration of all who heard her sing. In addition to O Holy Night, I remember her beautiful voice singing His Eye Is On The Sparrow. Both Evelyn and Tommy gave tirelessly of their efforts and their talents in service to Donelson Heights United Methodist Church, local schools and community. I was blessed to have known them. My sincere sympathy to the family.
January 17, 2021
Mrs Cate, words cannot express how much light your brought into the Kempton and now that your gone, ooh how things have changed. We miss you so much, my song bird, my dance partner, and my sweet little friend. You never had a harsh word or a mean intention for anyone. It’s your turn now, as you would always say “your a good one”! So have a little talk with Jesus, and tell him all about your troubles. Enjoy all the jewels in your crown Mrs Cate, you have earned them!
January 15, 2021
I enjoyed the pictures. Had many fun times playing tennis at Ravenwood. Evelyn was a beautiful lady.
January 15, 2021
I will always remember Ms. Evelyn and her faithful service to the choir of Donelson Heights UMC. Her sweet spirit was matched equally by her beautiful singing voice, which remained amazingly youthful in her later years. I know she is happily singing in her heavenly home.
Katelyn Grant (Minnick)
January 14, 2021
Twice a year my family would intentionally trek up the hill from our home to the Cates. Once, for Halloween. The second, to sing Christmas carols. We couldn’t miss having Ms. Cate’s voice as part of our caroling choir. They were both a steady part of my childhood.
As a child, I knew Ms. Cate was someone I wanted to be one day. Warm and wonderful. Her voice is something I can still recall, having listened to it so many times at church. And on tape in the car.
Thank you for shaping who I became as an adult. Much love.
Herman & Jean Phillips
January 14, 2021
MsEvelyn to us was family our children grew up with MsEvelyn she was a dear friend to us cooking at church going to Panama City and singing in choir Ms Evelyn had a beautiful voice and now has her place in heaven choir along her husband Tom. Rest In Peace Evelyn & Tom we love you and family
January 13, 2021
A favorite pic of mine. Great Grandma Evelyn watching her 2 oldest great grandchildren during annual Easter Egg hunt at their home in Donelson