ATLANTA (AP/PIX11) — A spokesman says S. Truett Cathy, who started a postwar diner in Atlanta that grew into the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, has died.
Chick-fil-A spokesman Mark Baldwin tells The Associated Press Cathy died early Monday at home surrounded by family members.
Cathy started the chicken sandwich business near Atlanta in 1967. For decades, his fast food restaurants have offered a taste of the South, from chicken sandwiches to sweet tea and biscuits and gravy.
The chain also is known for its Bible Belt observance of Sunday. Because of his deep Christian faith, Cathy insisted all of his1,800 food chains remain closed on Sundays.
Cathy's $6 billion fortune as the founder of Chick-fil-A put him on the yearly Forbes magazine list of the wealthiest Americans in the country.
He was 93.