Cathy Hulsey was working at Jacksonville State University when she met her husband, Travis. She worked in the business office with Carolyn Andrews and Jennifer Craven in 1985. At that time, Travis was working for a local CPA accounting firm that was auditing JSU. They were introduced near her work station.
She asked her supervisor and one of his clients, Judy Belew, for the introduction because “he was so handsome – Tom Sellect look-a-like.”
Cathy would see him at softball games and drop hints about “having to study” on the weekends. His reply was always about how important education was.
With Judy’s encouragement, it took Cathy going to his CPA office and asking him to lunch for him to finally get the message that she liked him.
“I am assertive,” Cathy said.
After they’d gone to lunch three times, Travis finally asked her out. He thought he was too old for her.
He was 31 and she was 21.
They discovered they had a lot in common, including softball, football and music. After their third date, they knew that was it. They were meant for each other.
Cathy’s father, Command Sgt. Maj. William Eugene Edwards, was deceased. Cathy asked Travis to have a meal with her and her mother, Helen “Nana” Jean (Brooks). Cathy made Nana’s banana pudding and Travis was hooked.
“The banana pudding did the trick,” Cathy said.
They dated three years and were married in August 1988. They’re still best friends and share a love for tennis, traveling and SEC football.
They live in Trussville with their daughter, Haley Elizabeth, a nurse.
Cathy has two sisters. Debra Bowen lives in Supply, N. C., and Donna Peterson lives in Greensboro, N.C. She graduated from Jacksonville High in 1982.
After graduating from JSU in 1986 with a bachelor’s in marketing and minor in management, she worked in various management positions with two Fortune 50 corporations.
Later she worked with the Public Sector with the personnel board of Jefferson County and Jefferson County Workforce Development.
She said she’s now “living the human resources dream” as an HR solutions manager with the SourcePoint, an HR outsourcing company, for various companies in the United States.
“I’m now the HR Lady for multiple companies,” she said.
While working full time, she attended and graduated with a juris doctor from the Birmingham School Law with honors.
Her current designations are as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP).
“Our hearts will always remain in our hometown of Jacksonville because we have so many fond memories of the people and times we shared there,” she said, adding that they hope to return to Jacksonville when they retire.
They’re still JHS Eagle and JSU Gamecock fans, she said.
Cathy said she enjoys cooking when time permits.
Her fondest memories are of her family at the dinner table. Most of her recipes belonged to her mother.
She shares three of them: Banana Pudding, Simple Coconut Cake and Country Meatloaf.
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