MAYSVILLE — Oscar Cheatham, forever known as “Cheatham” passed away at the Hospice Care Center in Maysville on Wednesday, May 9 2018, being 92 years and two days old.
Born on May 7 1926, in Carbon Hill, Ala., Cheatham was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers a sister, two wives, (Katie and Ellen); and a son, Russell.
He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Darlene Lawson Cheatham, whom he lovingly called “Mrs Cheatham.” Also surviving are step daughters, Sheila (Marc) Harland of Grayling, Mich., Cheri (Roy) Furby of Maysville; stepsons, Jerry (Jodie) Hicks of White Pigeon, Mich., Kevin (Pam) Hicks of Brooksville, Johnny (Julie) Hicks of Menden, Mich.; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, whom he loved very much. Cheatham loved for the little grandchildren to share treasures that they found with him and to give him hugs. Other survivors include one brother-in-law, Freeman (Ruthie) Lawson of Wayne, Mich.; and sisters-in law, Freeda Combs of Westland, Mich., Thelma Smith of North Judson, Ind. and Bonnie (Lloyd) Moore of Richmond.
Cheatham was a devoted Christian of the Old Regular Baptist faith, belonging to the New Salem Association in Michigan.
He was currently attending the Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown. He truly loved the Lord and enjoyed reading his Bible and was very good at quoting scripture.
A US Army veteran, Cheatham served under General Patton in the Armored Tank Division during World War II. After serving in the Military, he moved to Michigan where he worked for more than one company but ended up in the Iron Workers Union and working for the Detroit Free Press.
Cheatham loved to cook and garden when he was able, and one of his favorite foods was a tomato sandwich. He also greatly enjoyed watching football on television and avidly followed many college teams until his eyesight deteriorated so much that he became unable to see the games.
Memorials may be made to The Blessing Box, c/o Cheri Furby 1597 West Algonquin Dr. Maysville, KY 41056.
Services for Cheatham will be held at Moore and Parker Funeral Home in Maysville at 1 p.m. on Saturday May 12 with visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service.
Brother Tim Molton will be performing the service and burial will be in Green Acres Cemetery in Washington. Serving as Pall Bearers for Cheatham will be, Jerry Hicks, Kevin Hicks, Johnny Hicks, Roy Furby, Anthony Cooper and Larry Combs. Honorary pallbearers are, Bill Hensley, Jim Hutchison, Lloyd Moore, Marc Harland, Alonzo Trout and Jim Hill.
Condolences may be sent to mooreandparkerhfh.com.