Helen Margaret Cheatham was born March 17, 1931, to Mamie Williams. Helen was the oldest of seven children. Helen went home to be with the Lord on June 27, 2019, after a long battle with cancer.
Helen grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She graduated from Indiana Avenue Middle School on June 21, 1946. Helen met William through Helen Wead, William's cousin which sparked a relationship which lasted a life time. They were married on July 11, 1946. From their union they raised six children together. Helen and William were long time members of Second Baptist Church. They felt it was important as a family to worship God together. All six children were expected to be sitting down for dinner at 5:00 PM every night.
If you were to ask Helen what her greatest accomplishment in life was, she would tell you her marriage of 72 years and raising and protecting her six children. In her generation it was an honor to stay at home and raise your children properly. She did just that, she got her first part time job after her youngest child attended school all day. Her first job outside of home was working as a part time assistant aide at the Little Green School House two blocks away from where she lived. After a year she moved on and secured a position at Lerner Shop Department Store on Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City as an Elevator Operator. She then was promoted to a Cashier and later was promoted as the Head Cashier and Trainer for Lerner Shop. Helen was so popular with the customer of Lerner Shop because of her knowledge and great customer service many of her customers thought she was the manager of Lerner Shop Department Store. She retired after 31 years working at Lerner Shop. Helen had a great personality and knew how to light up a room. She knew how to make people feel welcome when they came to visit her home. Her favorite place to entertain when you stopped by to visit was in the kitchen. After the first visit you would always want to come back for more of her hospitality and laughter.
Helen enjoyed going to the casinos for recreation. Her favorite game of choice was the slots. She enjoyed it so much she didn't mind putting all her winnings back into the slots before going home. Helen was an avid reader. She and William read several newspapers each day together. They both enjoyed watching the 76er's Basketball Team which caused Helen's blood pressure to rise if the team did not follow her instructions. She also enjoyed reading magazines about the Stars and talking about them like she knew them personally. She came to love Maya Angelou as author and read many of her books. But her ultimate enjoyment was taking care of her husband and her family.
Helen is survived by: her husband, William Cheatham of Atlantic City; son, Rodney Cheatham of Edgewater Park NJ, daughter, Gail Cheatham Merrell of Alexandria VA, sisters, Shirley Branch of Bowie MD, Joan Elliott of Odenton MD, brothers James Anthony and Donald Anthony of Houston, TX, Walter Anthony of Las Vegas NV, and Roger Anthony of Atlantic City, sister-in-laws; Shirlee Anthony of Houston TX, Gwen Meusburger of Egg Harbor Township, brother-in-laws: Maurice Branch of Bowie MD, and Frank Elliott of Odenton MD, daughter-in-laws: Verna Cheatham of Las Vegas NV, Sandra Cheatham of Atlantic City, Harriet Cheatham of Hampton VA, Joan Cheatham of Atlantic City, Grandchildren: Eric Cheatham of Atlantic City, Kim Cheatham of Atlantic City, Alycia Cheatham of Las Vegas NV, Andre' Cheatham of Las Vegas NV, Roscoe Cheatham of Suffolk VA, Helen Cheatham of Atlantic City, Robert (Barry) Cheatham of Atlantic City, Robin Wimbush of Atlantic City, Melissa Cheatham of Upper Marlboro MD, Eric Cheatham of Des Moines IA, Angie Gibbs-Wilson and Brian Gibb-Wilson of Chester VA, Nicole Cheatham of Atlantic City, Stephanie Richardson and Samuel Richardson of Scotch Plains NJ, nieces: Donna Hudson, Lisa Scott, Norma Mobley, LaToya Toulson, Takiyiah Tyler and nephews: Walter Buckholtz, William Buckholtz, David Buckholtz, Marcus Branch, Gregg Anthony, Donald Anthony Jr., Michael Anthony, Ramone Toulson, Roger Tyler, and Ahmad Tyler and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Helen was predeceased by four sons; Anthony Cheatham, Robert Cheatham, Martin Cheatham, and Gary Cheatham, mother: Mamie (Williams) Anthony, stepfather: William Anthony, mother-in-law; Blanche Hubbard, grandchildren, Anthony Vernon Cheatham, and Angel Cheatham, and daughter-in-law: Pam Cheatham.
The things that we will all miss about Helen is how she can light up a room and make you laugh for the time you were at her home. She made you feel so welcome you would always want to come back for more. Toward the end of her life she did not laugh as much but the one thing that was a constant was her love for her husband and that he was being taken care of. God had a bigger plan for Helen and He knew it was time for her to come home.
Funeral services will be Noon, Saturday, July 6, 2019, Second Baptist Church, 110 Rev. Dr. I.S. Cole Plaza, Atlantic City, NJ, where friends may call from 11AM.
Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.