Staff Sergeant Roger Kim Cheadle, 48, died unexpectedly on April 23, 2013 in Ludocici, Ga. He was raised in Williamsburg and graduated from Bruton High School.
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He was in the U.S. Army, Infantry Division, currently stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga. Roger served one tour in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan. He received various medals, including the Bronze Star.
He was preceded in death by his father, Stephen Cheadle; stepfather, Jack Kempton; and his grandparents, Luther and Dorothy Umberger. Roger is survived by his mother, Becky U. Kempton; brothers, William (Billy) Kempton and Ronnie Kempton; sister, Dawn Rogers; and a special nephew, Tyler Kempton, as well as a lifelong friend, Phill Clarke and his family; and "Mama Vi" and Jim Chalkley. Roger will be sadly missed by his many friends in Williamsburg as well as in Georgia.
A Celebration of Life for Roger will be conducted 4-7 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd, Williamsburg. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com and www.vagazette.com
Published in Virginia Gazette from Apr. 27 to May 26, 2013