AGNES (SIS) CHEATHAM Agnes (Sis) Cheatham died on July 27th from injuries sustained in a fall. She was 89. Born Agnes Acree Newton on May 25, 1924 in Forsyth, GA, Sis attended the University of Georgia where she majored in music and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. After graduation, she lived in New York City and studied piano privately with Sascha Gordonitzki who was chair of the piano department at Julliard. She became an accomplished musician and taught piano lessons in Miami after losing her first husband in 1963. Sis met her husband of 47 years, Ralph Tyner Cheatham in 1964 through mutual friends. They married a year later and were long-time residents of Coral Gables until moving to Oak Harbor in Vero Beach in 1999. Ralph, who had been a confirmed bachelor before meeting Sis, became an instant father to her two children from her first marriage. A devoted wife, mother and friend, Sis was also a fabulous cook. She will be remembered by many for her gracious Southern style of entertaining and especially her New Year's Day parties. In addition to her husband, Ralph, Sis is survived by her daughter Ann Ramsey Hill (Dave) of Cincinnati, her son, Archie Wood Ramsey, Jr. (Megan) of Atlanta, her grandson, John David Hill, Jr. of Cincinnati, and her nephews, Howell (Lynn) Cornell, Ware (Lisa) Cornell and Walter (Margret) Cornell. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Agnes and Howell Newton, her first husband, Archie Wood Ramsey and her sister Ann Elizabeth (Keeker) Cornell. There will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 Paid Obituary
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Published in the TC Palm on July 31, 2013