Theodora (Smith) Cheatham

Born: Wed., Jan. 31, 1917
Died: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018


Visitation

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Sep. 04, 2018
Location: Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church


Funeral Service

1:00 PM Wed., Sep. 05, 2018
Location: Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church


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At age 101, Theodora Cheatham of Brownsville, PA slept into the arms of Jesus on September 27, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 31, 1917 in Carlton, Alabama, daughter of the late Elder James Smith and Tena Strafford- Smith. Her family moved to Filbert, PA in the late 1920’s. She moved to New York and was employed by Pullman Railroad Co, and, attended Cosmetology school.

Upon returning to Pennsylvania, Theodora met Robert “Bob” C. Cheatham, whom she married on March 22, 1947 and they were blessed with one daughter, Denise Cheatham.  They were blessed to be married for 53 years, until Bob’s passing in 2000.. Theodora was a lifelong hair dresser in Brownsville, Pa and employed by Brownsville General Hospital.

Theodora was raised in the Church of God in Christ in Uniontown, PA and was a faithful and devoted member of the Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, in Brownsville, PA for over 50 years. Theodora served as Mother of the Church for over twenty years. She also served as a Sunday School Teacher for the Primary class, Deaconess and was a member of the Missionary Circle, the Chrysanthemum Club, Senior Choir, United Community Choir. She loved singing for the Lord and took her seat in the choir stand every Sunday morning until her health no longer permitted it, and then she sang from her pew seat until her failing health no longer permitted her to attend church. The Lord kept a song on her heart and she would sing at home in her favorite chair.  Even when she wasn’t feel well, singing was a comfort for her. She was singing the song “Blessed Quietness” the day before God called her home.  Theodora had a special love for Mount Lebanon Baptist Church and her pastor, and she didn’t mind letting them know.

Theodora was a loving, dedicated, sweet spirit, with a quiet but strong demeanor.  Her love and care for her daughter, Denise, her granddaughter, Jacie and her great-grandchildren was beyond compare.  She was the matriarch of her family and a loving mother figure to all her nieces and nephews and most of the neighborhood. Theodora was the most unselfish person in the world and had many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Alfonso Smith, and two sisters Ida M. Greene, and Edna M. Sweeney- Butler.

She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter Denise Cheatham of Brownsville, PA, one granddaughter Jacie Cheatham (Thomas Jackson), three great- granddaughters Sydni, Honour and Trinity all from Brownsville, PA. Brother-in-law Clarence Butler of Cleveland, OH, two Godchildren Kevin Hancock, Beaumont, TX and Terri Davis, Detroit, MI. In addition, she leaves a host of special nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. A special caregiver Marci Eperjesi of Labelle, PA.

 

 

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St. Paul's AME Church
   Posted Mon September 03, 2018
To the Family of Theodora Smith Cheatham;

There isn’t any way to prepare for the loss of a family member. Suddenly, the loved one you had always turned to is gone. In the quiet moments when the hurt is hard to bear, may love become your shelter and may the beauty of memories become your comfort.

You have the condolences of the members of St. Paul’s A.M.E. Church as you make your way through this passage. It won’t be easy, but you can rely on the support of all your friends and church family. May you be filled with faith and hope even in the midst of inescapable grief, and find comfort in and with each other. Theodora will be missed by everyone.

Words cannot adequately express our sympathy, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Theodora must have been a remarkable person. Just look around at her family and friends that are here to celebrate her life and her Home Going Service.

“Don't weep at my grave, for I am not there,

I've a date with a butterfly to dance in the air.

I'll be singing in the sunshine, wild and free,

Playing tag with the wind, while I'm waiting for thee.”


In His Service Always,


Rev. Alfred L. Thompson
And The Members of St. Paul’s A.M.E. Church

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