Tommy McGathy

Tommy James McGathy, 85, of Winfield, passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 18, 2020, at William Newton Hospital.  

Private family graveside services will be held at a later date.  

Miles Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

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Born April 20, 1934, in Dumas, Ark., Tommy was a son of William and Francis (Demple) McGathy. He was raised and educated in southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana. Following school, he went to work in the cotton fields. He later went to work for Western Union, a job that involved lots of traveling. 

While in Cedar Vale, Tommy met Nellie Duncan. The couple married Sept. 5, 1953, in Cedar Vale. They continued to travel with Tommy’s work until he was drafted into the United States Army in the 1950s and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.

Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Tommy and Nellie moved to Winfield, where he began working as a lineman for the City of Winfield.  In 1970, they moved to Rose Hill, and he began working in Wichita for C&T Line Construction. In 1985, the family moved to Garden Grove, Calif., where Tommy worked for Herzog Electric until returning to Cedar Vale in 1995 and working for Par Electrical Contractors.  He retired in 1997.  

Tommy was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He enjoyed working on the family home, doing yard work, dancing with Nellie and playing with his kids. When he was younger, he enjoyed raising Brittany dogs.  

In addition to his parents, Tommy was preceded in death by 11 siblings and two sons, Douglas Joe McGathy and Glen Ray McGathy.

His family includes his wife, Nellie McGathy, of Winfield; his children, Kenneth McGathy and wife Kelly, of Orange City, Fla.; Christine Marks McGathy, of Wichita; Chad Douglas McGathy and wife LaTonya Renee, of Winfield; Christopher Michael McGathy and wife Julia Denae, of El Dorado; his brother, Alvin McGathy, of Slidell, La.; and his 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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