Anne Cathey Pollard, 80, passed away at home on August 21, 2022.
Anne was born November 12, 1941, in Gadsden, Alabama, to Caroline Krebs Cathey and Andrew Barrett Cathey Sr., as the oldest of four children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Andrew Barrett Cathey Jr.; and her beloved husband, Wilton “Buster” Harvey Pollard Jr.
She is survived by her daughter, Xan Pollard Curran, and son-in-law, Tim; granddaughter, Caroline Pollard Curran and her fiancé John Henry Harrelson; grandson, Tim Curran Jr.; brothers, Allen Cathey and Alex Cathey; sister-in-law, Anne Pollard Conner; and many nieces and nephews.
Anne and Buster were married June 23, 1962 and enjoyed 40 years together. They lived in her favorite town of Mooresville, Alabama, for most of their marriage, which she fell in love with while playing tennis there in the early 1970s.
Both were passionate about horses and were avid fox hunters with the Mooreland Hunt, passing their love of the sport down to Xan and Caroline. They also loved traveling to the Adirondacks in upstate New York to compete in boat shows with “Olde Fun,” their 1940’s Chris Craft Sportsman.
Anne was a lifelong learner and entrepreneur, spending nearly every hour of the day on her feet. She maintained a love for cooking throughout her life. With no formal training, she opened her North Alabama catering business, On a Silver Platter, in 1979. She later opened the Green Bottle Grill on Airport Road in Huntsville in 1989, considered Huntsville’s first fine dining restaurant and one of Alabama’s best during its successful 10-year run.
When the opportunity to “make food magic happen” arose again in 2013 with a new downtown Huntsville restaurant concept, Anne jumped at the chance to help open The Bottle and revive the old Humphrey’s Bar & Grill with the Green Bottle’s Andy Howery and Chris McDonald.
Anne was a past vestry member at The Episcopal Church of the Nativity, past president of the foundation board of the Huntsville Museum of Art, past member of the Junior League of Huntsville and was the oldest living member of the Colonial Dames of the 17th century, Colonel Walter Aston Chapter.
While resilient and tough with an “I-can-do-anything” attitude, Anne most importantly was a loving and generous member of every circle she entered. She touched many with her big and bold ideas, quick wit, work ethic and firecracker energy. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and always will be affectionately known to them as “Appy.”
The family would like to thank Anne’s compassionate caregivers, a true gift from God over the past seven years, ensuring she received excellent care at home at the end of her life: Alethia Clift, Lissa Burton-Wingo, Flo Abernathy, Tawana Langford, Vera VanZandt and Maraysha Williams.
Visitation was Wednesday at The Episcopal Church of the Nativity, with the funeral immediately following at the church. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the The Episcopal Church of the Nativity, the Huntsville Museum of Art or the HudsonAlpha Foundation Memory and Mobility Project.