Earnestine V. Cheatham
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Earnestine V. Cheatham a long time resident of Long Beach, who lived on the historical Lemon Avenue block for many years, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2013 at the age of 101. She was born on February 5, 1912. Earnestine was married to Mr. Hildren Cheatham, a Long Beach civil rights activist. They were both involved in the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and the Optimist International Club. They operated the famous drive-in dairy at 20th Street and California Avenue. (now named Martin Luther King Jr., Ave.) for eight years. They retired in 1968. Hildren Cheatham passed away on June 18, 1988. They were married for 31 years. Earnestine was predeceased by her husband, Hildren Cheatham and her son, Rosco L. Armstrong. Earnestine was a breast cancer survivor. She had a successful breast cancer surgery in April 2009. Earnestine was best known for her fashionable outfits and hats. She also was an excellent cook. Earnestine Cheatham gave you joy and laughter. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. "It's a great life! by Earnestine Cheatham." A home going celebration will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark Baptist Church, 1703 Lemon Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813 with interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4471 Lincoln Ave., Cypress, CA 90630. Long Beach Colonial Mortuary
Long Beach Colonial Mortuary - Long Beach
638 Atlantic Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Apr. 3, 2013