Billie "Bill" Cathey

November 12, 1931February 19, 2010

Mr. Bill D. Cathey, 78, passed away in Midland Memorial Hospital at 2:21 a.m. Friday, February 19, 2010. Funeral services are being held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church in Midland, Texas. Mr. Cathey was born in Coleman, Texas, November 12, 1931, to William Byron Cathey and Meithel LeMay Cathey. He was married to Kathleen Meadows in 1953 and had three children. Later, he was married to Loretta Hanke until her death in 2004. He grew up in Coleman, Texas and played on “muddy Fifth Avenue.” He graduated from Coleman High School in 1949. He joined the U.S. Navy in September 1950 and served for four years. He was stationed on Guam and at the Alameda Naval Air Station. He was fond of his experiences in the Navy especially maintaining the VR-2 JRM Mars. After his military service he moved back to Texas and spent several years working in the oil field and delivering milk for Borden. He began working for the U.S. Postal Service in San Angelo, Texas and transferred to Midland in 1962. In 1970, he left the Post Office and worked at the Yucca Tan Apartments. For a brief time the family lived in Richardson, Texas, and moved back to Midland in 1972. He resumed his career at the Post Office where he retired in 1990. He was a colonel in the CAF, a member of the First Christian Church in Midland, and belonged to AA for 45 years. Bill enjoyed the simple things of life, attending his high school reunions, watching women’s softball games, and eating breakfast with old friends, he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and family. He has many friends in the Coleman area and West Texas who will miss him dearly. He is survived by a son, Lloyd Dan Cathey, his wife Nadine, and their daughter Lauren; a daughter, Mary Ann Cathey; and a daughter Leslie Kay Gibbs, and her sons Dylan and Dalton Gibbs. He is also survived by a sister, Jo Ann King and a brother-in-law John King of Brenham, TX; a mother-in-law Muriel Hanke of La Grange, TX; two brothers-in-law Tom and wife Dionne Hanke of Ponca City, OK; Bob and Sheila Hanke of Fayetteville, TX. The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Monday, February 22, 2010 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. Funeral services have been scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at First Christian Church, with Reverend Mike Hunter and Reverend Paula Brooks officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to First Christian Church, 1301 West Louisiana Ave., Midland, Texas 79701.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 23, 2010
  • Burial Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Billie "Bill" Cathey

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Patricia Bolen

March 7, 2010

Leslie, Your family is always in our prayers. Thank you for sharing the website.---Phillip & Trish

Dale, Vivian, Pamela Carr

February 26, 2010

Our love and sweet memories of Bill are full this evening as we learn of his passing. We love him, his spirit and his family.

Linda Hall

February 23, 2010

Leslie, I know this is a difficult time for you and your family, and that you will have difficult days ahead of you as you hold on to precious memories. You have been in my prayers. Linda

Jessica Avila

February 23, 2010

Leslie- I am keeping you and your family in my prayers...I pray that God will comfort you all.

Candy Kyle

February 23, 2010

I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I pray that God will send comfort and peace to your family during this difficult time.

Linda Whitlow

February 22, 2010

Hi Leslie,

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jalaun Wacker

February 22, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Bob, Sheila, Jason, & Muriel Hanke

February 22, 2010

"From the day Bill and Lorie were married, Bill was an instant member of the Hanke family. He was one of the most lovable people you could ever want to know. The experiences he would tell of would make a great book. We will always miss him."

Barbara Wisecup

February 22, 2010

I graduated from Colelman High with Bill and remember him as a nice, quiet guy that everyone liked. My prayers are with his family. Barbara Carroll Wisecup, Bangs TX

Charles Stafford

February 21, 2010

I was pleased to have been a class mate of Bill's all through School. One nice guy.