PANTEGO -- James Edward Cathcart, 88, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Arlington. Graveside Service: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, Lane C. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the University of Texas at Arlington Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball scholarship fund. Mailing address: University of Texas at Arlington Movin' Mavs, Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman Arlington, TX 76019. James was born November 22, 1926 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Bertha and Patrick Henry Cathcart. He graduated from Little Rock High School in 1945 and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II from 1945 to 1946. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, playing for the Razorback basketball team for four years. James was the first Arkansas player to be drafted into the pro leagues and played five years of professional basketball. His career in Arkansas public schools included five years as basketball coach at Little Rock Central High followed by serving as the first athletic director for the Hot Springs school district. James was named Director of Admissions for the Oaklawn Jockey Club following his retirement from public school service. He is preceded in death by his parents, and 12 brothers and sisters. Survivors: Wife, Julie Owen Cathcart; son, James Cathcart; daughter, Becky Garner and son-in-law, Doug Garner; grandsons, Tyler Garner of Arlington, and Mike Garner and daughter-in-law, Sarah Garner of Wichita, Kansas. Wade Family Funeral Home Arlington, 817-274-9233

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  1. My deepest sympathies to Mrs. Cathcart, his children and all the family.

    I played for Coach at LRCHS from 62-65. From the view of a basketball player, his knowledge of the game, ability to inspire and encourage was immeasurable. Little did I know at that time he was teaching me character and lessons that would last a lifetime. It’s been 50 years and my memories still can relive those practices & games. He is a man that will live way beyond his years on this earth.
    I miss him.

  2. So sorry for your loss. My parents knew Coach’s parents and thought highly of them. Coach was admired by all that knew him. May your precious memories that you cherish and hold dear of him be of comfort in the days, weeks and months ahead. My thoughts are prayers are with you.

    Rita Cranford Atkinson
    LRCH , Class of 65

  3. I was one of your gym students at LRCHS not one of the best of athletes but you still coached me to care about my personal fitness and health. Sorry to hear of your passing.

  4. I was one of your gym students at LRCHS not one of the best of athletes but you still coached me to care about my personal fitness and health. Sorry to hear of your passing.

  5. I send my deepest sympathy and prayers to Julie and to all the family. I grew up at 801 Ferry Street in Little Rock just a few blocks from where James grew up. We both went to Kramer Elementary School, East Side Junior High, Little Rock High School, and both graduated from University of Arkansas. He was my close friend. Lloyd T. Bryan, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

  6. So sorry for your loss. I knew Coach from 1970 when he was athletic director at Hot Springs. Enjoyed our times together at coaching clinics & ball games. Coach Larry Griffith

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