Graveside services for Joan Cathey, 91, of Brownwood, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 14 at the IOOF Cemetery in Hamilton with Pastor Brian Hall officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Heartland Funeral Home in Early. Mrs. Cathey passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at a local nursing home.

Naomi Joan was born on June 6, 1926 in Mineral Wells to Eric Edward and Jennie Swoap Kingston. After graduating from Eastland High School in 1943, Joan attended Cisco Junior College, University of Houston and University of North Texas. During her working career she was employed by the Dallas Times Herald, Pollock Paper Company, St. Regis Paper Company, Champion Paper Company and retired from International Paper Company. Joan was married to Billy Ray Cathey on Jan. 6, 1977 in Waxahachie, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 20, 2012.

Survivors include Toni McMillian and husband Wayne of Early; Duane Becktold and wife Augustine of Early; son-in-law, Walter Hill of Early; great-grandchildren, Dustin Becktold, Sidney Becktold, Chase McMillian, Malissa Karnes and Kassidy Karnes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter, Judy Hill; and brother. Eric Keith Kingston.

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