Neil was preceded in death by his baby daughter, Sonya Gail Cato; parents, Watus Ray and Juanita Cato; and brothers, Randy and Dennis Cato.
Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years, Carol McCoy Cato; two sons, James Charles Cato (Bruceann Levan) and Mark Anthony Cato (Jackie Freil); and a daughter, Tonya Denise Cato Martin. He was the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren, Cierra Cato Grimes, Brittany Cato, Jameson Cato, Corbin Thomas, Ally Cato, Blake Martin, Carolline Martin, Emma Gail Cato and Meagan Josephine Farley; five brothers; two sisters; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will held on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the New Horizon Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Mark Ridgeway and the Rev. Bruce Levan will officiate. Burial will follow at Bryan Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 20, 2012, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.newhorizonmemorial.com.