Funeral service for Jody Wade Cheatwood, 64, of Oxford, went to be with his Lord & Savior on May 4, 2014, at Stringfellow Memorial Hospital after a long fight with a chronic condition. The funeral service will be Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church in Oxford. The Rev. Eric Arrington and the Rev. Tommy Reaves will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on today from 5-8 p.m. at the church. Mr. Cheatwood is survived by his wife, of 45 and a half years, Elaine Thomas Cheatwood; one son, Thomas (Tommy) Wade Cheatwood; one special granddaughter, Mackenzie Ski Ward; his parents, Joe and Joyce Cheatwood; brother, William "Wayne" Cheatwood. Pallbearers will be Oxford Fire Department with Chris Ball, Gary Austin, David Messer, James Austin, Burgess Austin, Ricky Gilchrist, Dr. Bill Ferguson and James Cheatwood serving as honorary pallbearers. He is preceded in death by his brother, Wallace Cheatwood, grandparents, and in-laws, Lovell and Elwyn Thomas. Mr. Cheatwood was a Christian first. He loved serving his community and the elderly. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church where he serves as Director of the Senior Adults Ministry for 10 years. He loved southern gospel music which he and his wife sang as a group with their son Tommy. He was a volunteer fire fighter with the Oxford Fire Department for 25 years. He was an Oxford police man for 11 years where he served as a sergeant. He was also a deputy with the Calhoun County Sheriff Department for 10 years where he retired due to health reasons. In good faith he was an avid golfer, softball player and loved to fish. He loved doing things for others most of all. If he would get credit for anything, he sent all praises to God. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the International Fellowship of Christian's and Jews, his favorite charity. www.millerfuneralhomeoxford.com Miller Funeral Home & Crematory Oxford, AL (256) 831-4611 A Brown Service Authorized Funeral Home.
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Published in The Anniston Star on May 6, 2014