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About S. Truett Cathy

S. Truett CathyHe was the founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain but known for so much more.  Cathy was a Godly man who taught Sunday school to 13-year-old boys for more than 50 years.

According to the founder’s faith, he incorporated Biblical principles into the work environment.  He mandated that all Chick-fil-A restaurants operate with a “Closed on Sunday” policy.  This policy allowed employees a day for family, worship, and rest.

WinShape Foundation

He founded the WinShape Foundation, in 1984, out of a desire to “shape winners” by helping young people succeed in life through scholarships and other youth support programs.  The foundation operated 13 long-term foster homes and a two-week Christian summer camp.

Through the foundation’s Leadership Scholarship Program, the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain has given more than $32 million in financial assistance to Chick-fil-A restaurant employees since 1973.

About Chick-fil-A

S. Truett Cathy began the popular restaurant chain in the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville in 1946, with it’s first restaurant called the Dwarf Grill.  Chick-fil-A surpassed $5 billion annual sales in 2013, and by 2014 there were more than 1,800 Chick-fil-A restaurants in 40 U.S. states and Washington D.C.

Today, they have the highest same-store sales and is the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States based on annual system-wide sales.

According to Mr. Cathy, the Bible was his guidebook for life. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Georgia, and taught Sunday School there for more than 50 years.

Cathy was the author of 5 books and received numerous honors and awards during his lifetime.  According to Forbes Magazine, Cathy had a net worth of $4.2 billion dollars in 2012.  Samuel Truett Cathy (March 14, 1921 – September 8, 2014) was called home to heaven at the age of 93.

S. Truett Cathy - Chick-fil-A Founder - Author - Philanthropist

S. Truett Cathy: Chick-fil-A Founder, Author, and Philanthropist | Image courtesy: truettcathy.com



Featured S. Truett Cathy Quotes:

“We live in a changing world, but we need to be reminded that the important things have not changed.”


“To take advantage of unexpected opportunities, we must leave ourselves available.”


“The unexpected opportunity I enjoy most is the opportunity to turn a frown into a smile.”


“My riches are my family and my foster children. I try to store any material wealth in my hand, not my heart so that I always feel free to give it away when the opportunity arises.”


“The one thing I take more joy in than anything else in the world is seeing young people develop.”



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S. Truett Cathy Brand restaurants offer a unique Chick-fil-A ® experience. Each of these restaurants offers sit down, counter and drive-thru service and includes the classic Chick-fil-A menu, as well as specialty menu options that can’t be found anywhere else.

The Story of S. Truett Cathy 

Cathy and his brother ben opened the Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, in 1946 after Cathy’s discharge from the U.S. Army. They built it near a Ford auto plant with the idea of bringing in its hungry employees. It worked. The brothers noticed that some of their customers were taking rolls and chicken meat and turning them into sandwiches, giving them the idea for the Chick-fil-A concept.

7 Life Lessons from Truett Cathy | RamseySolutions.com 

In honor of Truett Cathy’s life, here are seven principles he consistently demonstrated through the years—guidelines that will work in making a living and in building a life. 1. Define your values and stick to them. Truett Cathy believed that one of the keys to success was focusing on what never changes. As a result, his restaurants have …

Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People: Doing Business the Chick-fil-A Way (Book)

Eat Mor Chikin Book - Inspire More People - S. Truett Cathy

Truett Cathy has achieved his success while living the life of a servant leader. From the age of eight, when he iced down the Cokes he was selling at his front-yard drink stand and saw the resulting growth in sales, he has sought ways to please customers. That attitude is evident today at each Chick-fil-A restaurant, where Operators and team members have been inspired by the founder’s commitment to others.
In Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People, Truett Cathy challenges readers to focus on people and principles. Then good success will surely follow. | Learn more…


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4 responses to A Tribute to S. Truett Cathy | Chick-fil-A Founder, Author and Sunday School Teacher

  1. Bob Armstrong September 20th, 2014 at 4:01 am

    What an example of Christian values, common sense business practices and
    love of people. S. Truett Cathy, will be sorely missed here and lovingly
    received in his new heavenly home. 

  2. TeeAl Barksdale September 20th, 2014 at 5:27 am

    So much respect for Mr. Cathy and Chic-fil-a! Only company with real
    integrity whether everyone agrees with them or not. They have true
    integrity and unwavering values.

  3. Sharon Coats September 20th, 2014 at 5:36 am

    A wonderful human being

  4. Kathy Farrow September 20th, 2014 at 6:14 am

    He was the so kind and generous! I will always be a patron of
    Chickfila! So far in my life, I have watched five generations of my own
    family walk threw that First Dwarf House door. God Bless You All and
    he will never be forgotten!