Jo Ann Cathey King
February 23, 1933
February 14, 2020
Jo Ann Cathey King, age 86, of Brenham, Texas went to see the Lord on February 14, 2020.
Visitation will be Saturday, February 22 from 3-5 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m., also at Brenham Memorial Chapel with Art Free officiating. Interment will follow in Prairie Lea Cemetery.
She was born on February 23, 1933, the youngest of six children, to William Byron and Meithel Hart LeMay Cathey of Coleman, Texas. She graduated from Coleman High School in 1950 and briefly attended Texas Christian University.
Upon her return to Coleman, she began working in the oil field industry. The company soon relocated to Midland, so she moved to Midland to remain with the company. The company relocated back to Coleman, but Jo Ann chose to stay in Midland and began work with Drilco Oil Tool, as an executive secretary.
In 1959, Jo Ann met and eventually married John C. King, Jr. also of the Coleman area. They wed on November 7, 1959. One of her favorite sayings was, “I said I Do and had Two” as John was a single parent of 2 daughters, Donna Lynette and Debra Eileen. In 2008, Donna married Dr. Cliff Roche. Cliff passed away in 2018. Debbie married Thomas Bradley. They gave birth to son Brandon Wade. Debbie is now married to Anton Matejek and has two stepchildren Gena and Tony.
On May 16, 1962 Jo Ann gave birth to son John Michael King. In 1984, he married Donna Denise Williams. They had two children, Tristen Nicole and John Matthew. Tristen married Stephen Bell and have two children, Madison Elizabeth and Ashley Loren. Matthew is an oilfield engineer.
In 1965, the family moved to Houston. Jo Ann and John were both employed by Drilco Oil Tools until 1979, when she began work as the Executive Secretary for Chance Collar Co in Pearland, Texas. She and John retired in 1989.
Upon retirement, they moved to Brenham. Jo Ann fell in love with the town and the people there. She was an active member of the First Christian Church. As such, she stayed busy as the church secretary, member of the choir, served on the church board, helped organize a weekly senior “Game Day” which she and John enjoyed attending. She was part of the First Christian Church Kazoo Band that would play at many area churches and nursing homes. Jo Ann was awarded a plaque from the church with a sparkplug on it. It was called the “Sparky Award”. She was so very proud of this award.
In May of 2013, she and John with health declining moved to Conroe, Texas to stay with Mike and Donna. Her husband John passed away on November 17, 2013. She enjoyed multiple family vacations with Mike, Donna, all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved being around family.
Her prayers have been answered to be back with husband John in heaven.
For those that wish, memorial donations are requested to First Christian Church of Brenham.