Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2012 3:21 pm
The Messenger, May 3, 2012
Joyce Marie (Little) Cheatham, 73, of Union City died May 2, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Melvin Poe officiating. Burial will follow in Obion County Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home 5-8 p.m. Friday.
Pallbearers will be Blake Cheatham, Danny Little, Justin Essary, Adam Gantt, Cameron Tanner, Clint Gantt and Greg Blankenship. Honorary pallbearers will be J.B. Kail, C.F. Blankenship, Richard Hanks, Thomas Watts and Willis Easley.
The family requests that memorials be made to Calvary Baptist Church in Union City.
She was born Nov. 20, 1938, in Obion County, daughter of the late W.B. “Red” and Lou Ella (Harris) Little. She married Frankie Cheatham Jr. Sept. 14, 1954. He survives.
She was a retired employee of the former Merit Clothing Co. in Martin, where she worked for 20 years. She had also retired from the Obion County School System, where she had been a lunchroom manager and a substitute bus driver. She was an avid sports fan and was a lead pitcher for the Locker Room Bad News Bears traveling softball team. It was while she was traveling statewide with this team that she earned the nickname “Momma C.”
She had been a youth teacher and youth camp cook and was the head cook for the Calvary Baptist Church adult summer mission team for more than 30 years. Her love for cooking led her to prepare meals for many people over the years, since she never wanted anyone to go hungry. If you had the privilege to cross her path, she more than likely fed you.
To Mr. Frankie, she was a soul mate and he lovingly called her “Old Woman.” To her children, she was “Momma” and to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she was “Nanny.” To others she was “Miss Joyce” and to most, “Momma C.” But Jesus called her “Beloved” and He called her home.
She is also survived by three daughters and her son-in-law, Carolyn Cheatham and Diane Cheatham, both of Union City, and Donna and J.B. Kail of Alamo; her son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Wanda Cheatham of Union City; five grandchildren and their spouses, Blake and Aimee Cheatham and Whitney Cheatham, all of Union City, LeAnn and Adam Gantt of Martin, Justin and Tarah Kail of Crockett Mills and Jason and Christina Kail of Friendship; and five great-grandchildren, Coleman Cheatham, Madi-Kate Cheatham and Case Gilles, all of Union City, Madeline Kail of Friendship and Kloie Kail of Crockett Mills.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, Larry Little.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.