Edith Finley Cathey

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Edith Finley Cathey, 90, of 203 Pritchard Road, Candler, died Monday, November 25, 2002, in an Asheville hospital. Mrs. Cathey was born in Pickens, SC, and was a daughter of the late Felix L. and Sarah Cordelia Aiken Finley. She married the late George Cathey, former Buncombe County Schools coach, in 1940, and moved to Asheville where she worked for J.C. Penney Co. and later worked for and retired from the Bank of Asheville. She was a member of Acton United Methodist Church. She is survived by one son, Jim Cathey of Easley, SC and Asheville; three grandchildren, Bonnie Cathey, Mark Cathey and his wife Allison and Ben Cathey and his wife Stephanie; one great-grandson, Cole, all of Asheville; two brothers, David Finley of Benton, Ark and Felix Finley, Jr. of Pickens, SC; and several nieces and nephews including Martha Dacus and her husband Jim who were dear friends as well as family. Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm Wednesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Hacklander officiating. Entombment will follow at Pisgah View Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be Mark, Ben and Jim Cathey, Billy Smith, Charles Pressley and Dan Merriman. Her family will receive friends at the funeral home 30 minutes prior to the service. Flowers will be appreciated or memorials may be made to Acton United Methodist Church, 171 Sand Hill School Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. My deepest sympathies and condolesces go to the family of Mrs. Edith Finley Cathey.

    It seems so unfair that death should have the power to take away someone you love. And when it happens, the thought of never again being able to talk to, laugh with, or hold your loved one can be most difficult to bear. That pain is not necessarily erased by being told that your loved one is up in heaven.

    When death takes your child, your husband, your wife, your parent, your friend, it is truly what the Christian writer Paul called it, ‘the last enemy.’ There is hope. Death will not continue to rob mankind of their loved ones indefinetly.

    When Jesus was on earth there was an occassion that deeply grieved him. He met a widow of Nain and saw her dead son. The Bible account tells us: ‘As [Jesus] got near the gate of the city [Nain], why, look! there was a dead man being carried out, the only-begotten son of his mother. Besides, she was a widow. A considerable crowd from the city was also with her. And when the Lord caught sight of her, he was moved with pity for her, and he said to her: ‘Stop weeping.’ With that he approached and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still, and he said: ‘Young man, I say to you, Get up!’ And the dead man sat up and started to speak, and he gave him to his mother. Now fear seized them all, and they began to glorify God, saying: ‘A great prophet has been raised up among us,’ and, ‘God has turned his attention to his people.” – Luke 7:12-16. Notice how Jesus was moved with pity, so that he resurrected the widow’s son! Imagine what that portends for the future!

    This example was just a small foregleam of what Jesus will do in the very near future. Millions therefore can have the solid hope of seeing their loved ones alive again on earth but under very different circumstances. Yes, Jesus Christ promised that millions now dead will live again on this earth and have the prospect of remaining on it forever under peaceful, paradisaic conditions. May Mrs. Cathey be among them.

    May the God of comfort be with you.

  2. Jim, Sorry about your Mom. You don’t know or remember me, but I am Sherrill’s daughter and the only way of keeping up with N.C. is on the computer. Our sincere symphathy to you and family.

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