The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

March 8, 2013

Bebe Cheatham


Thursday, March 7, 2013 — Bebe Anne Hughes Cheatham was a dearly beloved wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and faithful Christian who went to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, surrounded by the love of her family.

Bebe was born in Nace, Va. on October 31, 1932, to the late Bessie Powers Hughes and James Erastus Hughes.

She was educated in the Roanoke City Schools and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1951.

Bebe lived a life of joy and smiles, always seeing the best in everyone and every situation. She enjoyed long walks, gardening, cooking, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Scrabble, bridge, tennis, traveling, Kiawah Island, sunrises and sunsets. Above all else, she was passionate about her husband, children, grandchildren and her Heavenly Father.

One of her greatest pleasures was attending the activities and events her grandchildren participated in, and she took great pride in all of their accomplishments.

An avid and competitive tennis player, she played team tennis for many years winning numerous matches and awards. She was a member of the South Carolina National Classic Legends who won the Senior National Invitational Team Tennis Tournament in Las Vegas in 1989.

She attended Bethany United Methodist Church faithfully.

Bebe is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Robert Angle Cheatham, and three adoring children; daughter, Cathy Senter and husband Lin of Albemarle, N.C.; daughter, Karen Davis and husband Terry of Matthews, N.C.; and son, Ben Cheatham and wife Sallie of Summerville, S.C.

She is also survived by her six loving grandchildren; Jim Senter and wife Mary of Albemarle, N.C.; Neil Senter and wife Brooke of Albemarle, N.C.; Caitlin Davis of Charlotte, N.C.; Will Davis of New York, N.Y.; Bentley Cheatham of Summerville, S.C.; and Madison Cheatham of Summerville, S.C.

In 2012, she was blessed with two great-granddaughters, Mia Senter and Stella Senter.

Bebe fought bravely and with remarkable grace and strength against Lymphoma remaining faithful to the Lord and a comforting source of love and strength to her family until the very end.

A celebration of her life was at Bethany United Methodist Church on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Bob Howell and the Rev. Mark Fentress officiating.

Visitation and a celebration reception were in the church fellowship hall following the service.

A graveside service will be in Roanoke, Va. at Sherwood Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 11 a.m.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Charleston, 4975 Lacross Road, Suite 200, N. Charleston, SC 29406 or Bethany United Methodist Church, 118 W. Third South St., Summerville, SC 29483.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Arrangements by Parks Funeral Home, 130 W. First North Street, Summerville, SC 29483.