Jeanne Crawford Cheatham

Jeanne Crawford Cheatham
ARDEN, NC-- Jeanne Crawford Cheatham, age 85, passed away in Arden, NC on Sunday, April 21, 2013. She graduated from Knoxville High School and married Young High School football star Willard Eugene "Elrod" Cheatham. Marriage disqualified him from playing for General Robert Neyland at the University of Tennessee. He continued his gridiron exploits at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, while Jeanne made sure he graduated!
Later when "Rod" joined the US Marine Corps, Jeanne was in her element as an officer's wife. Superb mother, homemaker, hostess, and community volunteer, Jeanne served alongside Rod for 25 years until his retirement in 1976. Just 3 years later her beloved husband of 32 years died suddenly leaving her bereft. She worked at Wofford, eventually retiring. She lived with daughter Becky when she died.
Jeanne is survived by daughter, Dr. Tami Babb, CDR MC USN (Ret) and her husband LTCOL USMC (Ret) Dixie Babb of New Bern, NC; daughter, Becky McNeely and her husband Rick of Arden, NC; grandson, Cameron McNeely and wife Laura also of Arden; granddaughter, Tina Dowdall Babb and family of Newbern, NC; grandson, Chris Babb of Honolulu, HI; sister, Joyce Cloninger and husband Harold of Kingsport, TN; and brother-in-law, Bud Cheatham and wife Elaine of Knoxville, TN.
Special thanks to daughter Becky and family for all their care and support.
Family and friends will meet at Woodlawn Cemetery at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, April 23rd for graveside services.
Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. Condolences may be offered at

Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Apr. 23 to Apr. 24, 2013