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ADA - Charlie “Vern” Cathey, 78, of Ada, was born on Friday, Nov. 23, 1934, to Charlie and Minnie Iva Evans Cathey, at Boggy Depot. Vern passed away on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 at Ada.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Boggy Depot Cemetery.
He graduated Tushka High School. Most of his life he worked as a long haul truck driver. He was a very talented man, who was a jack of all trades; he could fix just about anything. He hauled hay in his early years along with owning a gas station, recreation center with a grill, sold oil products, sold and installed satellite systems and had an auto repair shop, owned two tires shop, worked as a cowboy and was foreman of a farm/ranch. He also was a moonshiner for a short time, many, many years ago.
In 1958, Vern received Jesus into his life and was baptized in a stock pond at Wilson. Later in life on June 3, 2003, he was baptized into the Jehovah Witness faith.
Vern loved the outdoors. He spent the summers hand fishing and squirrel hunting and when the fall came he was deer hunting all three seasons; archery, black powder and rifle. Vern was a dog lover and at the time of his death he had four special pet dachshunds.
Vern will be greatly missed for he was greatly loved.
Vern is survived by his wife, Rita of the home in Ada; children: Bobby Joe Cathey and wife Kerrie of Fort Worth, Texas, Charles Wayne Cathey and wife Beverly of Alva, Gary Don Cathey and wife Laurie of Yukon, Ricky Allen Cathey of Latta, Barbara Ann Johnson of Wilburton, David Higdon of Kansas, Darryl Higdon and wife Nema of Ada, Ronnie McCartney and wife Laurie of Ada, Tammy Hoppe of Ada; siblings: Earl Ray Cathey and wife Janie of Idabel, Glen Anderson Cathey and wife Naomi of Ada, Mettie Hawkins Croy and husband John of Duncan; niece, Melisaa Kay Calfry; 20 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and cousins.
Vern was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Minnie Iva Evans Cathey; children: Shelba Jean Cathey and Tommie Lavern Cathey; siblings: Gene Harlan Cathey, Ewen Hugh Cathey, Colleen Kay Kate Cathey; nephew, Jackie Dean Cathey; granddaughter, LaTisha Marie Hoppe.