He served in the U.S. Navy as a corpsman and retired after 21 years.
He was preceded in death by his father, James F Cathey; and a brother, Dale A Cathey of Cleveland.
He is survived by one son, Joshua J Cathey of Charleston, S.C.; one daughter, Cansas N Cathey of Beaufort; mother, Jackie Cathey; brothers: Mitchell Gentry and wife, Betty, Mark Cathey and wife, Becky, and Tab Cathey of Cleveland; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Bedford, S.C.
The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at the funeral home.
Interment will follow at Beaufort National Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the American Heart Association, 409 King St., Suite 300, Charleston, SC 29403.