Alexander McClay Cheatham, son of the late Mary Collins and John D. Cheatham, was born November 22, 1944 in Newport News, Virginia. However, he was raised by his grandparents, Nellie and John Cheatham of North Carolina. God lead “Alex” home on June 21, 2018 at the Capital Caring Center in Virginia.
After accepting Christ at an early age, he became a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Kittrell, North Carolina. Later, he requested to move his membership to Nelson Chapel Baptist Church to be with his family.
Alexander received his education at B.F. Person-Albion High School where in 1963 he graduated as a Salutatorian. He continued his education by attending Mortician School.
He married Janice L. Yarborough in 1965. From this union, two daughters were born, Armenta and Jennifer.
Alex worked for many years as a Maintenance Technician for various companies. He worked for the Day’s Inn Hotel as the Maintenance Manager until his death. He also, owned a customized charcoal grill business. During his down time, he loved working in his vegetable garden, being the “Fix-It-Man” and mowing grass for his neighbors.
Alex is well known for his philosophy about life which he was happy to share with everyone he met. He was a very hard worker and did not believe in vacations. He was a loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Alex never met a stranger and he will be truly missed by many.
He was preceded in death by his brother, MacArthur Cheatham.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his devoted and loving wife of fifty-two years, Janice L. Cheatham; two daughters, Armenta Perry (Emmanuel) and Jennifer Hicks both of Virginia; two sisters, Alberta Cheatham Scott (Willie) of Texas and Lena Cheatham of Virginia; two sisters-in-law, Edith Friday-McFadden (Stan) of Maryland and Sarah J. Yarborough of Washington, D.C.; two brothers, Robert and Donald Cheatham both of Virginia; two grandchildren, Kyndal Makailah Perry and Saadiq Alexander Hicks both of Virginia; one aunt, Nellie B. Cheatham of North Carolina; two uncles, George V. Cheatham of North Carolina and Gaston Cheatham of Virginia; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.