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Emma Alice Cato, 83, was born October 10, 1935 in Madison County, AL to the Ernest Cosey and Nannie Petty. She entered into eternal rest on October 15, 2018 in Chattanooga, TN at her residence. Emma was a person whom everyone loved and loved to be around. She would never meet a stranger because she was very sweet and welcoming to everyone she would meet. She loved to smile. She enjoyed being around her family and friends.  Her favorite television programs were the Price is Right, cooking network station, Beat Bobby Flay, and the soap operas. She also enjoyed listening to music and the likes of Keith Sweat.  But her biggest joy came from cooking meals and spending time with her family and friends. Her family was the love of her life and she looked forward to any time she had to spend with them. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Cosey and Nannie Petty; husband, Leroy Cato; brother, James Cosey; aunt, Mary Lou Jones and niece, Venora Borgne’. Those to cherish her loving memory include her daughter, Teri Renee’ Cato, Hixson, TN;  sister, Nannie Katherine Cosey, Chattanooga, sister-in-law, Cora Cosey, Chattanooga; granddaughters, Shawnterra M. Parmes (Michaela Palmer), Chattanooga, Laneisha K. Cato (Donyeal), Rossville, GA, Tyraka N. Cato (Madison), Hixson, TN, Kreesha T. Cato (Jeremy) Middle Valley, TN; grandsons, Jakai K. Strickland, Middle Valley, TN, Travis Smith, Chattanooga; 7 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, best friends, Lucillle and Pearl, other relatives and friends.  The body will lie in state after 12 noon on Thursday, October 26, 2018 with family visitation from 6-7 pm.  A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 26th at 2:30 pm at National Cemetery. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995

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  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ John P. Franklin Funeral Home
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Dear family members, so very sorry to notice that your dear one has passed away. May you all find comfort in the very encouraging promise at Revelation 21:4:"God will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more." Sincerely TL
    ~ TL
  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    I an so sorry to hear about cousin Emma. My condolences to the family. Praying for you all. Love Cousin Delma, Joann and Walter Henderson
    ~ Delma Henderson Sanders   30741
  • Saturday, November 24, 2018
    Our hearts aches in knowing you are mourning the recent loss of your dear loved one. We hope you can find comfort in the words found in Holy writing, in Psalms 9:9 which reads: “ 9 Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress.” Our loving God cares about us and is ready to bring us comfort if we allow him (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored into a beautiful paradise. See and imagine yourself welcoming back to life your dear loved one? Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez