November 7, 1916December 1, 2013

John Thomas Cato

LEXINGTON – Graveside services for John Thomas Cato, 97, widower of Edna Pearl Youngblood, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2013 in Woodridge Memorial Park, 138 Corley Mill Road, Lexington, SC. Pastor Dan Bacon will conduct the services. Mr. Cato was born November 7, 1916 in Augusta, GA and passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2013. He was a son of the late John Thomas Cato, Sr. and Arma Lee Harbuck Cato Rush. He was a life member of the Ancient Free Masons at Kershaw Lodge No. 29. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II having served in the Pacific Theater in a PT boat squadron. John retired from Colonial Stores after 50 years of service. Surviving are his children, Anne (Bob), John (Susan), Donald (Sylvia) and Charles (Dottie); sister, Dorothy (Dane); 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years; daughter, Connie Cato Youngblood; sister, Mary and brother, James “Buddy”. In lieu of flowers, the family kindley request that memorials be made to Pisgah Lutheran Church, 1350 Pisgah Church Road, Lexington, SC 29072. The family would like to extend a special thanks to his neighbors, Betty Watts, Brian Hoile, Grace Woody and Donna Sue Richburg for their unselfish deeds of kindness extended to him.



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Denise Lewis

February 2, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of Papa Cato's passing. I haven't seen him in several years, but he was always in my thoughts and prayers. He had a beautiful smile and I will never forget our friendship. Sincerely,

Charlie Cato

December 6, 2013

I am thankful to have such a caring grandfather. I will miss him dearly. I know in my heart that he and my Mama Cato are in heaven now fishing. He loved her so much and talked about her daily. I am very proud of him. I will miss his stories about his childhood and serving in WWII.He will be truly missed. Love you Papa Cato

Janet Roberts

December 5, 2013

I work with Katherine, one of his grandchildren. I wanted the family to know they are all in my prayers.

Sherry Carroll

December 5, 2013

I know that your grandfather was a very important part of your family. His legacy is that there are so many wonderful memories of him. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Katherine (Katie) O'Neal-North

December 5, 2013

I am proud to say that John Thomas Cato was my grandpa! I am so thankful that my children, Sarah and Thomas, were able to know him and spend time with him. I will always remember his laugh, the twinkle in his eye, and his good southern cooking! He made every holiday a special one at his house growing up. I remember how nurturing he was towards my Grandma and the rest of our family. I love him very much and I look forward to the day that I will see him again in Heaven. Maybe we'll have black eyed peas and collard greens together again one can only hope. I love you Grandpa!

December 5, 2013

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Our father lived a long life and he lived exactly as he wished. His mind and spirit was clear as a bell up to the very end. We will truly miss him and his wisdom.
The Cato Family

Morris and Sylvia Joyner

December 4, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Morris and Sylvia Joyner

December 4, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Tim & Jo Stafford


December 4, 2013

To the Cato family. I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in God's word which promises that one dat death shall be no more.

Beverly Hook

December 3, 2013

Charlie, Thinking of you and your family. Prayers and Blessings.