Thomas R. "Tom" Cathey
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Shreveport, LA - Mr. Tom Cathey, age 70, died August 8, 2012.
Visitation will be held at Rose-Neath Marshall Street Funeral Home on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m..
Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Officiating will be The Rev. Monsignor Earl V. Provenza, V.F. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery, St. Vincent Avenue.
Tom Cathey was born in Shreveport, LA, grew up in Baton Rouge, and graduated from Baton Rouge High School. He attended LSU, Northwestern State University and Louisiana Tech University, receiving a B.S., M.A. and M.S. +30 and was selected to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. Mr. Cathey was a Vietnam veteran, proudly serving with USARV Special Forces in Vietnam.
Mr. Cathey became a resident of Shreveport in 1969 when he began his employment at C. E. Byrd High School. There he held various positions including Teacher, Head Coach and Athletic Director, Golf Coach and Administrative Coordinator. After his retirement in 1999 from the Caddo Parish School System, Mr. Cathey accepted a position with Centenary College Athletic Department as Director of Academic Support. He "retired" again from Centenary in 2006.
His life and career displayed qualities of fairness and integrity, with an ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the teaching and coaching professions. He strived to instill these values in all those he came in contact with. He was a member of many organizations, including, Kappa Alpha Order, Caddo Retired Teachers, Louisiana Retired Teachers, Louisiana High School Coaches, National High School Coaches, National Collegiate Coaches, National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He hoped to be remembered for his love of life, sense of humor, generosity and friendship. He was dedicated to his family, friends and community and spent many years involved in student activities. His contagious passion for love and fun was shared with family and friends. He was determined to instill in his children and grandchildren a sense of honesty, decency and a respect for others. He lived what he believed, a life of courage, honor and fairness. Before becoming ill, he was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He also loved to cook and had excellent culinary skills, which his family and friends enjoyed. A lifelong sports enthusiast, he supported and attended many high school, college and professional sporting events. Whether it was in the classroom, on the field or in the stands, he lived each event fully, with vigor and enthusiasm.
What Tom was most proud of however, was the way he was able to assist friends and student athletes in achieving their goals and objectives. He once said, "In my nearly 40 years of teaching and coaching, I have been blessed to have been a part of so many young people's lives and I hope I have had a positive influence and made a difference in a few of them."
His parents, the late James Patrick and Myrtis Cox Cathey of Alexandria, preceded him in death. He is survived by his beloved wife of forty four years, Melanie; daughter, Allison Boyett and husband Ross of Shreveport; son, Rand Cathey and wife Brandi also of Shreveport; grandsons, Benjamin and Evan Cathey; and granddaughter Graceanne Boyett; sisters, Sandra Mobley and husband Frank of Alexandria, LA; Linda Vezey and husband Mark of Houston, TX; one brother, Jim Cathey of Houston, TX; aunts, Joann Holloway and Lyndal Phillips and numerous, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Doug Bland, J. R. Boyett, Marty Brittain, James Brown, Sam Cooksey, and Larry Rambin. Honorary pallbearer will be Frank Parratt.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Drs. Thomas Worgul, John Hardin, Nakul Parimoo, Michael Rokaw and physical therapists, Joseph McCullough and Payton McCalmont for their compassion and excellent care. Also, heartfelt thanks to the caring staff at Fresenius Pierremont Dialysis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rescue Mission or
Published in Shreveport Times on Aug. 10, 2012