Funeral services for James Allen Cheatham will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden with the Rev. Matt Cate and the Rev. Gabriel McCormick officiating. Interment will follow at Columbia Cemetery in Waldo, Arkansas with graveside services at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.
Allen was born April 11, 1936 in Village, Arkansas and entered into rest Feb. 20, 2016 in Bossier City.
Allen was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, retired Journeyman Electrician Local #194, Masonic Lodge #51, and a former Shriner. He loved wood working, but most of all, he loved his family. One of Allen’s favorite sayings was “Today’s been a good day.”
He was preceded in death by his parents Dufer and Ruby Cheatham, siblings, Bill, Robert, and Margie Nell, and great-grandchildren Faith, Hope, David and Addison.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Janet Terrell Cheatham, son Dennis Allen and Donna Cheatham, daughters; Veronica Jan and Mike Walsh, Mary Donna and Carl Teer, Sandra Lynette and Steve Davis, Landra Annette and Bruce LeBlanc, and Janice Renia and Steve Walker, brothers; Gary and Lucille Cheatham and Raymond and Barbara Cheatham, 20 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Ryan Walsh, Erin Walsh, Tommy Cheatham, Matthew LeBlanc, James Cheatham, Andrew Cheatham, Joseph Davis and Joshua Davis.
Honorary pallbearers will be his Mason brothers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to David’s Gifts at davidsgift.org., Shriner’s Hospital in Shreveport or donor’s choice.