Richard Mayo Cate

October 20, 1935April 9, 2018

Richard Mayo Cate age 82, born on October 20, 1935 to John M. and Mildred Anderson Cate passed away in Nashville, TN on April 9, 2018. He is also preceded in death by brother, Bush Anderson Cate. Dick is survived by loving wife of 58 years, Carolyn Cox Cate; daughter, Elizabeth Cate-Sussner (Jarrett); grandson, Richard Harrison Cate-Sussner; and sister, Beverly Waites (Byron) of Columbia, SC.

In 1996, Dick retired from SunTrust Banks Inc., formerly Third National Bank, as Group Vice President of the holding company and Senior Vice President of the bank in Nashville. He was also in charge of assets/loan quality for the fourteen SunTrust banks in Tennessee and northern Alabama. A great source of enjoyment after his retirement was his involvement as a volunteer in the Vanderbilt University Athletic Department for which, in 2001, he was awarded the Ken Hudgens Award for service and dedication to Vanderbilt athletics.

Dick was a charter member of Westminster Chapel, Nashville.

Honorary pallbearers will be family members and men of his Friday Morning Bible Study Group.

Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with a one hour visitation prior to the service at West End United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Alive Hospice, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or the charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 16, 2018

Richard Mayo Cate

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George III Vander Woude

April 12, 2018

Got to know Dick over last few years and his STRENGTH and PEACE of HEART he had was gained through his strength and love for his God and Lord
He told me many times of the picture he had of my father George JR new his den chair and the "WAVE" that would welcome Dick home to heaven,,,, a story Dick told me many times
It was a honor to see him in his last days and the PEACE he conveyed to me had and JOY he would experience soon
A wonderful man and a testament to his faith and love in his heart
rest and celibate in the PEACE AND JOY you now have in heaven above