Mildred Cathey

Jan 02, 2014

1924 — 2014

WAYNESVILLE —  Mildred Leming Whitehouse Cathey, formerly of Hazel Street, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Haywood Lodge and Retirement.

A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Rufus Conley and Mabel Edwards Leming.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles B. Cathey, who died in 1993; two sisters, Pat Green and Betty Sherrill; and three brothers, Elmer, Vinson and Walter Leming.

She is survived by a daughter, Judi Whitehouse Justice (Tommie); a son, James R. Whitehouse Jr.  (Shelia), of Grover; two sisters, Verna Burch of Asheville and Nancy Farmer of Sylva; one brother, Robert Leming, of Virginia; five  grandchildren, Sherri Justice Rose (Eddie), Tina Justice Foster (Tim), Jennifer Harris, Crystal Bowen (Forest), and Mary Nola Webb (Shannon); 13 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren, with another one due in June.  Mildred worked at Belk’s and retired from John Graham’s Department Store in 2007 at the age of 82.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4,  in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. Todd Cole officiating.  Burial will be at Green Hill Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to services at the funeral home.

A special thanks to the employees of Haywood Lodge and Retirement Center for their excellent care of “Mammaw,” especially to Paul and Micah “Mammaw’s dancing partners.”

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