Ronald Dale "Ron" Cathey

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ronald Dale "Ron" Cathey, 51, of Pocahontas, formerly of Manila, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009. Born in Watervliet, Mich., he was the son of the late Willie and Gladys Armada Long Cathey. A former longtime Manila resident, he attended Manila High School and began his business as a used car dealer before making his home in Pocahontas approximately 16 years ago.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank Cathey, Floyd Cathey and Billy Cathey; two sisters, Betty Brooks and Rose Caldwell.

Survivors include three sons from his first marriage, Ronnie Dale Cathey and wife Samantha of Manila, Willie Lee Cathey and wife Ashley of Blytheville, and Shawn Michael Cathey of Manila; two children from his second marriage, April Renee Cathey and Nathan Cathey, both of Pocahontas; six grandchildren, Jenna Saleen Cathey, Ronnie Dale Cathey, Jr., Morgan Alexis Cathey, Maschel Shane Lyerly, Ashton Chase Davis and Willie Gage Lee Cathey; a brother, Leon Cathey, of Michigan and a sister, Dorothy Downing, of Blytheville.

The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Howard Funeral Chapel in Manila with Billy Morris officiating. Burial was in the Manila Cemetery.

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