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COLUMBIA John Sloan Cathcart, 88, of Columbia, SC, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, October 20, 2007, at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community in West Columbia.
   Born May 13, 1919, in Columbia, he was the son of the late James Armstrong Cathcart and Ann Whitner Sloan Cathcart. He resided in Columbia all of his life except for his junior year of high school when he lived in New York City and his deployment in Europe during WW II. After graduating from Columbia High in 1937, Mr. Cathcart attended the University of South Carolina. He joined the South Carolina National Guard in 1939. He served in World War II and in 1941 was deployed in Europe as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne and saw combat in both France and Germany. After returning home from the war, he continued to serve in the South Carolina National Guard and retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1971.
   In 1946 Mr. Cathcart followed in his father's footsteps by reopening Cathcart Insurance Agency, a business his father had founded. Cathcart Insurance was prominent and well-known in Columbia, offering all types of insurance from life and health to auto and homeowners. He presided over Cathcart Insurance Agency for a full 52 years until his retirement in 1998. He was also a member of the Masons and a Commander in the Columbia American Legion.
   In his youth Mr. Cathcart was an avid baseball player and boxer. He was a lifelong avid fisherman and was happiest when sitting in a boat fishing for bass, bream and crappie
among the cypress groves and swamps of Santee Cooper. He loved people and often stated that people are the most important thing in this world.
   John was a devout Christian, had a strong faith in God and lived his life accordingly. He was a faithful member of Trinity Episcopal Church in the early part of his life and of First Presbyterian Church in the later years of his life. He was dearly loved by his family and will be sorely missed for his integrity, positive outlook, adventurous spirit, keen sense of humor and his exemplary generosity. He was a true gentleman.
   In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by an older brother, James Armstrong Cathcart, Jr. and an older sister, Mrs. Samuel Todd (Jane Beverley Cathcart). He is survived by his first wife, Jane Miller Cathcart of Charlottesville, VA, and their four children, John Sloan Cathcart, Jr. of Pottstown, PA, David Byrd Cathcart of Charlottesville, VA, Robert Beverley Cathcart of Charlottesville, VA, and Jane Beverley Cathcart Tarika of Fairfield, CT. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Emily, Peter, Sallie, Scott and Ann Cathcart of Charlottesville, VA, and Alex, Sarah, Christopher and Max Tarika of Fairfield, CT. He is also survived by an older sister, Mrs. Robert McCaskill (Katherine Cathcart) of Columbia, a younger sister, Mrs. T.B. Fersner (Ann Cathcart) of Orangeburg, SC, and a younger brother, William Richard Cathcart of Columbia. He is also survived by his second wife, Mary Frances Cathcart of Columbia, to whom he was married at the time of his death. 

[courtesy of Sam Murray]

Grave marker for John S. Cathcart in Elmwood Memorial Gardens, Columbia (Richland county), South Carolina.

John enlisted in the Army on 19 May 1938 and was discharged on 2 January 1941 to accept a commission as a second lieutenant.

On 1 March 1945, 2/Lt Cathcart was transferred from the 11th Replacement Depot to Hq 3rd, 508th PIR.

 He was subsequently transferred to the 13th Airborne Division on 31 May 1945

In the years following the war, then acting as a reservist, he was promoted to First Lieutenant on 10 February 1946, Captain on 5 April 1949, and Major on 25 June 1958.  His date of elevation to Lt. Col. is unknown.

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