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Cato, Smith Randolph

Cato, Smith Randolph

April 23, 1926 — September 23, 2020

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Smith R. Cato. 94, passed away peacefully on Sept. 23, 2020 with family at his side.

The youngest of 12 children, he was born in Vernon, OK to John B. and Mary L. Cato - all of whom preceded him in death.  Additionally, Smith was predeceased by a daughter, Donna Cato-McCallop, and an infant son.

He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in his early youth.  Smith was a member of St. James United Methodist Church for nearly 50 years, where he served on the usher board.

A veteran of the US Army, he served in New Guinea post World War II.  Smith was a member of UAW-Local 31, was an avid outdoorsman, and especially enjoyed gardening and fishing.  He entertained family and friends with his sense of humor and stories of his youth.  Smith provided sage advice on many aspects of life, even the more minute yet still helpful details from car maintenance to lawn care to growing the sweetest tomatoes.

He was married to Bobbie Cato for 34 years.  To this union, four children were born.  Smith leaves to cherish his memory:  daughters, Veronica Franks of Kansas City; Mary Adams of Clermont, FL; and Krystal Washington of Kansas City; son, LeManuel Cato of the United Kingdom; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be 10AM, with services at 11AM on Saturday, October 3, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty MO; internment at Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.

Service Information

*** CLICK HERE TO STREAM SERVICES *** (Please NOTE: streaming begins at 10:30 AM (CST), Saturday, October 3, 2020, with services beginning at 11:00 AM (CST).


Visitation: 10-11AM, Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, Liberty, Missouri


Funeral Services: 11:AM, Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, Liberty, Missouri


Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri

Cato, Smith Randolph's Guestbook

I am the youngest daughter of Jackson W. Sr. & Opal Cato. My father and Uncle Smith were brothers. I met Uncle Smith a few times growing up and he always had a smile on his face and I enjoyed his sense of humor. He will be missed. Rest In Peace Uncle Smith.

Opal Cato-Autry (Dallas, Tx)

For those who are not familiar, I am the oldest son of Revoyda Cato Johnson. Again, I send my thoughts, prayers, and condolences. Love you.

Andrew J. Johnson

To Aunt Bobbie, Cousin Veronica, Cousin Dominga, and all of my Cato family, I just finished watching the funeral services for Uncle Smith that were live streamed. I send my Love, thoughts, and prayers to all. I, too, have many memories of Uncle Smith. He came to Baton Rouge, LA and spent a week with me and my family in November of the early 2000's. I took him to a Bayou Classic football game where Southern University and Grambling played each other at the Superdome in New Orleans. I enjoyed our time together and I only wish we could have spent more time together. I also wish I could have spent more time growing up with my aunts, uncles and cousins. Now, I spend my time at Cato Family Reunions playing catch-up. I send my Love and condolences to all. Love you!!

Andrew J. Johnson

30 March 2020, I was visiting my Dad during his illness in Kansas City, Kansas when I attempted to visit Mr. Cato for my first cousin Mary L. Adams. I took a chance in going to the residence; it was a little early in the morning and no one answered the door. The weather was cold and it was drizzling. I’m saddened to say, I missed a chance to meet a wonderful soul. II Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

Dr. Kimberly Taylor

Rest well Uncle Randolph. We love you and miss you. Say hi to Nana and Papa for me!

Ashley (Cato) Tindall and Family

Rest well Uncle Smith, Until we meet again, Wendy Nelson

Wendy Nero

No matter how far apart we lived, your undenying and unfailing love always remained near. From as long as I can remember through my adult years, I can still hear you now whenever you called, "Hello Mary? It's your Daddy." A truly wonderful and loving father to have and I'll always love you.

Mary L. Adams

As I reflect back on some of my most memorable moments with Granddad, two moments stand out . The first was during one of the Cato Family Reunions held in D.C. It was filled with plenty of food, fun, and fellowship. Grandpa Cato told plenty of stories about previous reunions and the moments were priceless. He would capture the highlights of the current reunion while reflecting on previous reunions in which other family members who'd gone on home were in attendance. My last fond memory takes me back to childhood when Grandpa Cato bought my brother and I a racetrack and we were supposed to wait until Christmas to open it. We were so excited and couldn't pass on the opportunity to open it right away. I'm really going to miss you Grandpa Cato...RIP!

Earl Williams III

Love You GrandDad,to God we belong and to him is our return, May God , Forgive Guide Bless and protect in the next life. Peace.

Edward L Williams

My condolences to the Smith family in passing of Uncle Smith. May his memory comfort you durning this sorrowful time. He's gone but not forgotten.

Delisa Hill & Family

Praying for you Aunt Bobbie and family during this time of sorrow. Uncle Smith was a loving and caring person. He has now gone home to be with his family on the other side but if we continue to do what God has told us to do we will be in his presence again. Sending prayers to all of you and if there is anything my family can do for you all, please let us know. Love always. Mary (Catherine), Sharon Lovelace and family. ❤🙏🏾

Sharon Lovelace and Mary Arnold

Praying for all of you, going to miss Randolph and his jokes. Love, Alinda

Alinda Mathis

My best memories of my grandpa are whenever he could visit us and he had many stories to tell. I can still hear his voice from a phone call we had some years back when we talked for a long time. I wished we could have had that fellowship again as I missed him from the family reunions over the years, but what a blessing it has been to have had a granddad like him. Peace and blessings to my family.

Jameelah Lee

Our condolences and much love to you Aunt Bobbie and your family and friends in the passing of Uncle Smith. He truly will be missed. Virgie L. Nelson and Family

Virgie Nelson

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