John was born at home on the family farm in Tioga to Ruth and Hulin P Cheatham on December 13, 1947. He left this life in the afternoon of December 14, 2020 after a brief battle with non-Covid related Pneumonia. He is survived by his wife Beverly who was his high school sweetheart and the love of his life. They married on September 16, 1967 and recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. John is survived by his children Craig (Kathi), Amy (Mark Krodel) and Casey and his grandchildren, Tyler and Madison Cheatham, Harrison (aka Big Boy) and Landrey Krodel and Aidan, Colton, Dawson and Ava Cheatham and his brother Perry and sisters Jan Lynch, Frankye Jones and Myrt Vannoy (James) and his Mother-in-Law, Rebecca Cole.
John went to work for Southwestern Bell on August 8, 1966 three months after his high school graduation and spent his career with the phone company. He was a dedicated technician for AT&T at Texas Instruments for 18 years and then for Lucent for five years before taking an early retirement package. He then went to work for Exponets where he spent 4 years before retiring for good and beginning his retirement career as a champion cross word and sudoku puzzle solver!
John and Beverly moved to Allen in 1978 to raise their family in a small town. John was active in his kid’s activities when they were young serving as an Indian Guide and Indian Princess leader and Allen Sports Association youth sports coach. In his youth, John was an athlete who excelled at playing baseball and basketball in high school and baseball as an adult. He was proud that his children and grandchildren followed in his athletic footsteps. Along with coaching his kids when they were young, he coached his wife Beverly for several years when she was a member of the Goal Rushers, an adult women’s soccer team.
In his retirement years, John enjoyed gardening and kept the family stocked up with all the tomatoes, okra, squash, black-eyed peas and peppers they could eat. He also enjoyed riding ATV’s on trips with his family and friends to Broken Bow, OK and Mena, AR, hosting his and Beverly’s annual New Year’s Eve parties, playing and always winning at 42 and spending time with his kids and grandkids. He and Beverly enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas several times a year with family and friends where he rarely gambled but went along to say “it’s time to cash out Bev”!
Dad was well loved and will be greatly missed.
Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, December 22 at 11 am at the Oakwood Cemetery in Whitesboro. Masks are required. Flowers can be sent to the Scoggins Funeral Home in Van Alstyne.
Posted online on January 21, 2021