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Lula Cheatham

July 1, 1933 ~ March 17, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Lula Cheatham Obituary

Lula Reynolds Sturges Cheatham, 90, of Statesville, N.C., passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2024, at the Gordon Hospice House.  

She was born on July 1, 1933, in Henderson, N.C., to the late Colonel Conrad Boyd Sturges and Louise Allen Sturges. In addition to her parents, Lula was preceded in death by her beloved husband William Thomas “Buck” Cheatham Jr., her daughter Louise Cheatham Cooper, an infant son, Cameron Sturges Cheatham and her brother Conrad Boyd “Buzzy” Sturges Jr.  

Lula is survived by her children William Thomas “Tommy” Cheatham V, Dolores Holt Cheatham and Margaret Cheatham Johnson (Tink). Her grandchildren are Marianne Rogowski Yeckley (James), Walter William Rogowski (Erika), Catherine Reynolds Cheatham-White (Buddy), Brittany-Anne Terrell Cooper, Mary Cooper Chandler (Jamie), Michael Thomas “Tommy” Cooper (Tracy), Tink Aston Johnson IV and Ellison Capers Johnson. Her great-grandchildren Rue-Anne Cooper, Isabella, Elias, and Julianna Rogowski, Jaspree White and Madison Bromley. She is additionally survived by her sister-in-law, Harriette Horsey Sturges. Nephews, Conrad Boyd Sturges (Cindy) and Richard Horsey Sturges (Heidi). First-cousin Lou Reynolds Cansler (Richard).   

Lula graduated from St. Mary’s School in Raleigh. In December of 1951, she married Buck Cheatham in the chapel at St. Mary’s and lived in Burlington until moving to Statesville in 1956.  

Lula spent her life in the service of the Lord and of others. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesville and served as a dedicated member of the Altar Guild and was active in all areas of Parish life. In the community, she was a devoted volunteer with the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, and served as Chairman of the Board for The Cup of Water. She had a lifelong love of history and was a member of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Lula loved traveling, opera, the theater, classical music, and movies. She had a great love for all her dogs throughout her life, especially her Corgis. 

The funeral service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesville, 801 Henkel Road, at 11am on Saturday, March 23, 2024. The family will receive visitors at the Church from 10-11am. A family graveside service will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, N.C., 28625. Lula’s family wishes to express our deepest gratitude to everyone at the Gordon Hospice House; thank you for caring so deeply for us and our mother. 

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences can be made to her family at  www.troutmanfuneralhome.com 

 

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
March 23, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Trinity Episcopal Church
801 Henkel Rd
Statesville, NC 28677

Funeral Service
Saturday
March 23, 2024

11:00 AM
Trinity Episcopal Church
801 Henkel Rd
Statesville, NC 28677

Interment following funeral service
Saturday
March 23, 2024

Oakwood Cemetery
114 Oakwood Dr.
Statesville, NC 28677

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