Saturday, November 26, 2016

Funeral Services held for Lincoln Cathings

The Prairie View A&M University family is in mourning over the passing of Lincoln Maynard Catchings, Jr. on November 20, 2016 in Houston, Texas.

Funeral services for Catchings were held at the Johnson Philip All Faiths Chapel on Saturday, November 26, 2016 and conducted by the Reverend Kenneth Green. The burial is in the Prairie View A&M University Memorial Cemetery.

Lincoln Maynard Catchings, Jr. was born on June 17, 1945 in Greensboro, North Carolina and was the only child of Abraham Lincoln Maynard and Rose Mae Withers Catchings. He lived briefly in Washington, DC before the family moved to Montclair, new Jersey. He began his schooling in New Jersey before the family moved to Singapore when he was eleven years old. He completed his secondary education, graduating from the Singapore American School, in 1964.

He spent one year at Lewis & Clark University in Portland, Oregon before moving to Prairie View A&M College where he met and later married Mary Catherine Hill on July 3, 1968. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1970 and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve. He received his pilot wings in January 1972 and was trained to fly the Huey UH1 Helicopter and the Cobra AH1G, a military combat helicopter. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, 158th Aviation Battalion at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He deployed to South Korea for one year and achieved the rank of Captain prior to his separation from the Army in 1975.

Lincoln served as Director of Personnel Services at Prairie View A&M University from 1975 to 1984. He worked at a series of other jobs before beginning his career as a Car Salesman. Being the ultimate people person with the gift of gab he truly enjoyed selling cars at several dealerships before retiring in 2018.

He had an extreme passion for politics and at one point sought public office. In his free time you would find him watching Sci-fi movies or rooting for all the Houston sports teams. He also had a love for music, spanning all genres from Elvis to Santana, just to name a few. In early 200's he served as a call-in sports commentator on KCOH's Sports Rap with Ralph Cooper where he became a local celebrity. He as initiated into the Theta Chi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 1975.

Lincoln enjoyed his grandchildren and rarely missed their events including Boy Scouts, concerts and Little League games.

Lincoln was preceded in death by his parents and daughter-in-law Heather Michelle May Catchings. He is survived by his wife, Mary Catherine Hill Catchings of Prairie View; daughter, Phaedra M. Catchings Alcantar (Daniel) of Clear Lake; sons, Lincoln M. Cathcings III (Kristine) of Houston, and Kelby M. Catchings (Traci) of Spring; grandchildren, Dorian Alcantar of Clear Lake, Alexander and Adrew Catchings of Houston, Ian Cathcings of Pearland and Payton Catchings of Spring; sisters-in-law, Sonya Hill of Prarie View and Eleanor Hil of Grand Prairie; brothers-in-law, Larry Hill, Harold Hill and Stephen Hill of Prairie View; childhood friends who grew up as brothers, Robert Tignor of Washington, DC and Clarence Tignor of Silver Spring, Maryland and a host of other relatives and friends.

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