Patsy Ruth King Cheatham was born on August 19, 1931, to Robert and Johnnie Mae King. She went residence to be along with her Lord and Saviour on Monday, October 2nd, 2023. Surrounded by her household and family members, she handed peacefully.
She had three youthful sisters who she adored, Bonnie, Mary and Vicki, and from an early age all the time put her household first. Pat even gained a scholarship to secretarial college, however selected to not use it, as a substitute staying near residence to assist present for her household and be there for her sisters.
As a younger woman, Pat was baptized in a lake close to her residence in Arkansas, and from that point ahead firmly believed within the energy of Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She would go on to play piano at Shorewood Hills United Methodist Church in Jones Mills, Ark., the place her household worshiped. Even after she married and moved away from Jones Mills, she continued to be a lifelong donor to her residence church.
Pat married the love of her life, Brig. Gen. Joe Cheatham, on January 20, 1951. They have been married 57 years, and collectively they raised 4 great daughters: Rebecca, Sarah, Susan and Nancy.
The quote “Behind each sturdy man stands a fair stronger girl” tells the story of Pat and Joe’s life collectively. All through Joe’s tenure in america Military, Pat was the epitome of an “Military Spouse”; supportive, sturdy, and passionate. She earned awards for volunteer companies inside america Military Officers Wives Membership, the place she served as President.
Pat has all the time been the glue that holds the household collectively. This was evident as she and Joe moved their household from station to station each two years. When Joe left for a tour in Vietnam, Pat embraced the chance to take loving care of their 4 daughters.
Pat simply made associates all over the place she went. In every single place. Actually, throughout a station in Asmara, Ethiopia, she met the final Emperor of Ethiopia-Haile Selassie. Like everybody who met her, Emperor Selassie turned enamored with Pat, a lot in order that she obtained many items from him. Her household all the time teased her that he will need to have had a crush on her.
Pat and Joe all the time loved one another’s firm and beloved having enjoyable collectively. They bowled in a league for years, and even after they stopped bowling they continued having Monday evening dinners with their league mates. The 2 additionally loved touring, and used time after retirement to go to a number of nations throughout Europe.
Pat was loving, caring, heat, affectionate and constant to her daughters, her 9 grandchildren, and her 8 ½ great-grandchildren. Because the matriarch of the household, she was affectionately often known as “Mom.”
Even with individuals exterior her household, Pat was open-hearted, and beloved fiercely and unconditionally. Anybody who was lucky sufficient to satisfy her was met with a heat smile and a suggestion of one in all her well-known home-cooked meals.
Pat all the time saved her life wealthy with enjoyable and beneficiant hobbies. She was an excellent golfer. Her time on the golf course with Joe and their son-in-law Glenn earned her the nickname “Straight Away Pat,” since she was the one one of many threesome who may hit the ball proper down the middle of the golf green! (Sorry, boys!)
She additionally loved stitching and crocheting, particularly when it was for others. Pat fortunately sewed all the garments and nightgowns for her daughters after they have been youthful, and knit sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves and blankets for her daughters and grandchildren. She generously gave of her time and abilities to crochet 500 child blankets for the UAMS Neonatal ICU unit, together with 500 blankets for Arkansas Kids’s Hospital.
Within the backyard, Pat may develop ANYTHING! Her daughters have all the time mentioned she may stick a popsicle stick within the floor and one thing would develop from it. However as a substitute of popsicle sticks, she had attractive flowers, bushes, bushes and all the time had a thriving vegetable backyard. It was a thrill for her to can the greens she was capable of develop on the finish of the season.
Pat additionally discovered pleasure in studying spy novels, historic paperwork and mysteries. She adopted horse racing, collected bunny statues and cash, watched birds and solved crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She even served because the DJ for the Little Rock Rockettes, a gaggle of ladies from 60 to 80 years of age, who carried out at nursing properties throughout Central Arkansas.
However of all of the issues she beloved doing, what Pat cherished most was caring for her household. She stayed residence to care for her daughters whereas they grew up, diving into her love of cooking and baking to offer her household three residence cooked meals a day, plus dessert! Her ardour for cooking lives on by her daughters, who inherited their mom’s culinary talent and enthusiasm.
As soon as the nest was empty, Pat went to work as a authorized assistant for numerous legislation corporations in each Houston and Little Rock.
Pat was a 14-year survivor of breast most cancers, an expertise that made her cherish life much more.
Pat is preceded in loss of life by her beloved husband, Joe; mother and father, Robert and Johnnie Mae King; sister, Bonnie Dillard;grandparents, Frank and Sophie Mild; granddaughters, Stacy Robinson and Chelsea Davidson.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca Rice, Susan and Glenn Nutt, Sarah and Charles Davidson, and Nancy and Buddy Inexperienced; her grandchildren, Joshua and Wendy Robinson, Christopher and Christy Robinson, Austin Boone and his fiancee, Nikki, Charles and Abby Davidson, Rachel and Ryan Lutz, Phillip and LoRee Davidson, Jeni and Brennan Clement; her 8 ½ great-grandchildren, Brynn, Brooklyn, Cole, Kadance, Mason, Eliana, Jude, and Child Saylor who will arrive quickly; plus numerous members of the family and associates who she beloved dearly.
She will probably be missed.
*The household want to thank everybody who cared for Mom when she wanted them. A particular thanks to Kim Garlington for serving to the household navigate by Moms remaining days. To Hospice Residence Well being for all of their mild kindness and assist to each Mom and our household as we navigated this loss in our life.
Funeral service will probably be 11 a.m, Friday, October 6, 2023, with a visitation at 10 a.m. previous to the service at Curler-Drummond Funeral Residence, 10900 I-30, Little Rock, Ark. Entombment will observe at Riverwood Memorial Gardens in Maumelle.
In lieu of flowers, donations could also be made to St. Jude Kids’s Hospital at www.stjude.org/donate or to Shorewood Hills United Methodist Church, 973 Remmel Dam Rd., Malvern, Ark. 72104.
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Revealed October 4, 2023