|Birth: ||Feb. 23, 1922|
|Death: ||Oct., 2015|
The son of a 93-year-old former Columbia school teacher was arrested Monday night and charged with criminally negligent homicide and two other crimes, police said Tuesday.
Mary Lou Cathey, whose career spanned three decades and impacted hundreds of local students, was found dead after Columbia Police arrived at her 106 Darden Place residence for a welfare check.
Her son, William Cathey, 60, was charged in her death, Columbia Police Capt. Kenny Brady said. Cathey also was charged with negligence and abuse of a corpse.
Police received an out-of-town request for a welfare check on Cathey.
“Our officers arrived, talked with her son and checked the residence,” Brady said. “Through the investigation, it is believed that Mary Cathey had been deceased for several weeks. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.”
After consulting with the District Attorney’s office, Cathey was booked into the Maury County jail at 9:30 p.m. Monday in lieu of $45,000 bond on the three charges.
Michelle Staggs wrote on The Daily Herald’s Facebook page: “Mrs. Cathey was my fourth-grade teacher. Loved her. I used to see her out and about all the time, always asking about family. Sad day.”
Jennifer Stoops Potts wrote: “She had a loom in her classroom. We had so much fun learning on that. My heart just breaks, hearing this.”
Cathey came to Maury County Public Schools in the 1955-1956 school year and retired after the 1991-1992 school year. She taught at Baker Elementary for 30 years.
Former Baker Elementary Principal Eloise Cheatham said she admired Cathey as a person and teacher.
“She was a genteel lady, and she was a teacher who was admired by all of her students,” Cheatham said.
Cathey was the wife of Cecil B. Cathey, who died in 2002 after serving as principal of Brown Elementary in Columbia. They lived in a home on Hilltop Drive and were members of Columbia’s First United Methodist Church
Cecil Blair Cathey (1922 - 2002)*
Cedar Hill Cemetery
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