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Former Henry Countian Frank Cate, 70, of Rio Verde, Ariz., died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, at his home in Rio Verde, Ariz., following a long struggle with cancer. His body was cremated.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Tennessee Valley Community Church. Steve Gallimore will officiate.

Frank was born Nov. 26, 1935, in Henry County. He was a son of Mildred Smith Cate, 94, of Cumming, Ga., and the late Ralph Cate.

He was married on Dec. 29, 1984, to the former Laura Batzer, who survives.

He is also survived by his daughter, Lori Duvic, and his son, Phil Cate, both of Alpharetta, Ga., and several grandchildren.

Besides his father, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Melisa Lyles.

He was a member of Saddleback Community Church in Orange County, Calif.

A graduate of Grove High School, he was a three-year starter in basketball and played American Legion baseball for four years. He was a three-year starter in both baseball and basketball at Carson Newman College, where he graduated. He was inducted into the Paris-Henry County Sports Hall of Fame on April 1, 2004.

He worked 25 years in corporate computer sales management for the NCR Corp. He was a self-employed property tax consultant for the next 15 years.

He loved being involved in volunteer work at Saddleback Church and on the national board for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

He went on mission trips and purpose-driven trips to China, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia and Nigeria. He led tour groups at Saddleback, and taught a class called, “How to Share Your Faith Without an Argument,” at Saddleback Church and to other churches and groups in the United States.

He enjoyed cooking, entertaining, photography and traveling to other countries. Riding his bicycle or watching a ball game was his favorite way to relax.

He was a loving husband, father, friend and mentor. His favorite role was that of being a Christian. For those blessed enough to have known him, they knew a man of many passions and many joys, including his wife, his family, his friends, his church, and helping other churches all around the world.

They also knew Frank’s greatest passion was sharing how his personal relationship with Jesus Christ had changed his life. Frank took every opportunity to witness and share his faith with those that came across his path.

He played a vital role in mentoring pastors and church leaders. It was his Biblical wisdom, spiritual discernment, insightfulness, interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities that have had a life-changing impact on those pastors and church leaders. And through Frank’s guidance, encouragement and mentoring, these individuals will also affect countless thousands of others.

Frank loved God, loved his family, loved life and was a man with a true servant’s heart. Though we will miss him, his endearing smile, the sparkle in his eyes, and his booming laugh, we know Frank is where he wants to be, with his Lord and his brothers and sisters in Christ. We look forward to the day we will join him.

We’re each blessed to have known him. We love you Frank.

Memorials may be made to Tennessee Valley Community Church or the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.



Reprinted from  THE  PARIS   POST-INTELLIGENCER, Paris, Tennessee
September 14, 2006 ~ Edition
Used by Permission