Samuel Truett Cathy, the man who started the country’s leading fast-food chicken chain Chick-fil-A, died early Monday, September 8, 2014 at the age of 93. Cathy at 8 years old started as a little entrepreneur setting up a stand in his front yard to sell six bottles of Coke for a quarter and he ended his life with a successful corporation with more than 1,800 restaurants nationwide. His life started in poverty and ended in riches. Cathy says “You can achieve whatever your mind can conceive” a quote from the Think and Grow Rich book. Cathy struggled to get through high school. He didn’t get to go to college, but he realized you can do anything if you want it bad enough.
He was a devout Christian that maintained its Chick-fil-A policy not to open his doors on Sundays. “If it took seven days to make a living with a restaurant, then we needed to be in some other line of work.” Cathy also said, through the years, he has never wavered from that position. With his religious beliefs and humble beginnings it has contributed to his success.
Cathy, backed scholarship funds and built more than a dozen foster homes through the WinShape Foundation.
Cathy may have left this life, but he is now living an eternal life with his maker. He left a legacy of continual connections through his many restaurant chains across the country.