Hayes Wilson Cathey ("Pud") - Requiem aeternam


Published in the Maury County Daily Herald: Tuesday, September 16, 2008:

   Hayes Wilson “Pud” Cathey, 76, retired Colonel and aviation officer for Tennessee Army National Guard and resident of Hayes Denton Road in the Glendale Community, died Monday, September 15, 2008 at Life Care of Columbia.
   Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 12:00 Noon at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Frank Smith and Rev. Jim Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Mount Cemetery with military honors provided by the Tennessee Army National Guard. The family will visit with friends Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Oakes & Nichols and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m to service time in the church atrium.
   Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, Maury County Unit, P. O. Box 1864, Columbia 38402. Notes of sympathy may be sent to www.oakesandnichols.com.
   Born and raised in the Glendale Community in Maury County, he was the son of the late Harlan Burnett “Zack” Cathey and Mary Sue Denton Cathey and a 1949 graduate of Culleoka High School. He was a long-time member of Glendale United Methodist Church.
   While serving on active duty in the U. S. Army, he entered flight training and was certified for both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He attained the rank of Colonel in the Tennessee Army National Guard and at his retirement was serving as State Aviation Officer. He was assigned duties in Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, and Georgia, piloting aircraft for several Governors and President and Mrs. Lyndon Baines Johnson.
   Survivors include his wife, Wilma Grimes Cathey of the Glendale Community; two daughters, Suzanne Kay of Chapel Hill and Deborah (Kenneth) Stein of Nashville; a son, Charles (Debbie) Cathey; two step-sons, Greg Byrd of Enterprise, Alabama and Jon (Sherrie) Byrd of Samson, Alabama; cousin, Frank Marchand of the Glendale Community; seven grandchildren, Wesley Lewis, Lindsey Lewis Eslinger, Sarah Arnold, Anastasia Arnold, Zachary Cathey, Carena Cathey, and Hank Byrd; a great-granddaughter, Abigail Eslinger.
   Active pallbearers are Danny Auville, Mike Primm, Carl Moore, Roscoe Voss, Roger Gilliam, David Craig, and Vic Herhold. Members of the Tennessee Army National Guard will serve as honorary pallbearers.
   Deep appreciation is expressed to the Staff of Life Care Center for their dedicated care to Mr. Cathey and his family.

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