Deaths of Note

Published on September 8th, 2014 |

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S. Truett Cathy, Chick-Fil-A founder and Atlanta business icon, dies at age 93

Chick-Fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, who developed the original Chick-fil-A sandwich at his small diner in Hapeville near Atlanta’s airport, died early Monday at the age of 93, according to a story by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Cathy drew on his Christian faith to grow the Atlanta-based chain into the nation’s largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain based on annual system-wide sales.

The company said on its website early Monday, “In addition to presiding over one of the most successful restaurant chains in America, Cathy was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jeannette McNeil Cathy; sons Dan T. and Don “Bubba” Cathy; daughter Trudy Cathy White; 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.”

Cathy’s oldest son, Dan, has been president and chief executive officer since 2013, but Truett Cathy continued as chairman emeritus until his death.

Chick-fil-A posted atop its website page early Monday the following quote from Cathy’s book Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People: “Nearly every moment of every day we have the opportunity to give something to someone else—our time, our love, our resources. I have always found more joy in giving when I did not expect anything in return.”

The company announced the following services:

There will be two public viewings at First Baptist Church Jonesboro, at which the public may pay respects to Cathy. The first is Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., following a private family viewing. Another public viewing will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, immediately preceding the funeral service.

A public funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church Jonesboro on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

To read the entire story posted by the Business Chronicle, click here.

 

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