Thousands attend funeral for Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy

Truett Cathy, 1921-2014

Parking was extremely limited in downtown Jonesboro Wednesday as thousands attended the funeral for Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy at First Baptist Jonesboro.

Cathy died Monday at the age of 93 at his home in Clayton County.

"It was a divine recipe that Dad received, that God gave this humble person, and Dad made good use of it," said Donald "Bubba" Cathy, one of Cathy's sons.

Truett Cathy came from poverty, establishing his first restaurant, The Dwarf Grill, in Hapeville in 1946. Today Chick-fil-A boasts more than 1,800 locations.

Truett Cathy died a billionaire, but his family and friends said what mattered most to him was serving people, from all walks of life.

That included at church.

"He would sit there sharing a hymn book with a day laborer or a little boy who didn't have a father," recalled Dr. Charles Carter, Truett Cathy's pastor and best friend.

A private family burial will take place Thursday in Atlanta.

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