WTVM Editorial 7/24/15: Remembering Jeannette Cathy

WTVM Editorial 7/24/15: Remembering Jeannette Cathy

(WTVM) - When 92-year-old Jeannette Cathy passed away in Atlanta last week, she left behind a legacy of positive corporate values, even if more people knew her husband's name than hers.

She was the widow of Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, who passed away in 2014.

Jeannette Cathy and her husband insisted on their restaurants being closed on Sundays.

Their corporate mission statement openly acknowledges their strong Christian beliefs.

Although Truett Cathy was a high-profile success story, the Cathy family says it was Jeannette who was the "spiritual nucleus" of the family. Jeannette and Truett Cathy, who were married for 65 years, did more than just believe.

They practiced what they preached and shared their success made possible by their popular restaurants openly and generously.

One of the charities they created is the WinShape Foundation for youth and WinShape Homes, a long-term foster care program serving more than 500 foster children through 13 homes in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.

The couple also received the Norman Vincent Peale and Ruth Stafford Peale Humanitarian Award in recognition of their "positive difference in the quality of life in our society".

The restaurant business is challenging on many levels.

The competition is fierce, and like many fast food employers, they want success for their employees and a great experience for their customers.

Even though Mr. and Mrs. Cathy have both passed away, their legacy will live on in the communities they served.


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