Visitation at Main Service
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, July 16, 2021
Second Baptist Church
110 Reverend Doctor I. S. Cole Plaza
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Obituary of William K Cheatham
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William K. Cheatham was born on December 7, 1930, to Kneblett Cheatham and Mabel Strange. William was the youngest of three children. William went home to be with the Lord and to be with the love of his life, Helen on June 27, 2021, two years from the date his wife waved goodbye to him when she went to be with the Lord. This was truly a love story for the ages. William grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He graduated from Atlantic City Public Schools in 1945. William met Helen through Helen Wead, William's cousin which sparked the relationship that lasted 72 years. Helen was truly his rock and support. They were wed on July 11, 1946. From their union they raised six children together, five boys and one girl. William was a strong believer in Jesus Christ and taught his children to believe in God, work hard and do their best. He lived his life as an example. He gave a 100 percent in what ever he did. William dedicated his life to his family and giving back to the community. He took action when he saw injustice and inequality in the public school system, government, and the community. He has written countless articles that were published in the Atlantic City Press expressing his concerns. He was never shy in giving his opinion about anything that he thought was wrong. Cheatham even ran for 2nd Ward Councilman in 1982 vowing to see development of affordable housing on 59 vacant acres. He promised to make the second ward a neighborhood for all its citizens to walk in peace and safe. William was in management for the Casino Gaming Industry for eleven years. He worked for twenty-three years in Retail Management. He also was employed by the South Jersey Transportation Authority and Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority for fifteen years. In 1974, William was certified as a Probation Counselor for the Atlantic County Probation Department. William attended Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, NJ: successfully completing; Computer Management, Stress Management, Division in the Casino, and Explanation of Casino Games in 1979. He attended Atlantic Community College, Mays Landing, NJ: was awarded Soft Count Program Certification in 1980. He attended the Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino Training, Atlantic City, NJ: Awarded Management Supervisory Program Certification part one and two in 1982. William Cheatham was presented Father of the Year Award by Judge F. Frederick Perone on June 26, 1970. William earned a Key Employee License through the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. William Cheatham was recognized by the Honorable Donald A. Guardian Mayor as an "Atlantic City Hometown Hero" for his dedication and commitment to Atlantic City in 2015. William was a recipient of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Community Service Award in 2016. William Cheatham was even honored with a city block named after him. In 2019, the City of Atlantic City dedicated Maryland Avenue between Atlantic and Arctic Avenues as William K. Cheatham's Block in recognition of his many contributions to the city. Organizations: • Member of Second Baptist Church and served on the Deacon Board • President Board of Trustees Atlantic City Free Public Library. The Atlantic City Experience ribbon cutting on July 23, 2019 (William Cheatham's vision) • Served on the board of Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority (ACMUA) • Charter Member of Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) • Former President of Atlantic City Shade Tree Committee • The American National Red Cross Blood Program Atlantic County Chapter, New Jersey (1981) • Former board member of Atlantic County Board of Public Transportation (1975-1977) • First African American President of Atlantic County Big Brothers Association (November 7, 1974) • Former Scout Commissioner, Atlantic Area Council of Boy Scouts of America • Former Treasurer of Atlantic Renaissance • Volunteer Probation Counselor, Atlantic County Juvenile Probation Outpost (April 4, 1974) • Program Chairman for United Way of Atlantic County (1974) • Former member of Atlantic County Big Brothers – Big Sisters, Inc. • A member of The Theosophical Society in America sense (1956) • A member of the NAACP William is survived by: his son, Rodney Edmond Cheatham of Atlantic City, NJ; daughter, Gail Cheatham Merrell of Alexandria, VA; cousin, Helen Wead of Philadelphia, PA; daughters-in-law, Verna Cheatham of Las Vegas, NV, Sandra Cheatham of Atlantic City, NJ, Harriett Cheatham of Hampton, VA and Joan Cheatham of Atlantic City, NJ; sisters-in-law, Shirley Branch of Bowie, MD, Gwen Meusburger of Egg Harbor Township, NJ; brothers-in-law, James Anthony, and Donald Anthony of Houston, TX, Roger Anthony of Atlantic City, NJ, Maurice Branch of Bowie, MD, and Frank Elliott of Odenton, MD; grandchildren, Eric Cheatham, Justin Cheatham, and Kim Cheatham all of Atlantic City, NJ, Alycia Cheatham of Las Vegas, NV, Andre' Cheatham of Las Vegas, NV, Roscoe Cheatham of Suffolk, VA, Helen Cheatham of Atlantic City, NJ, Robin Wimbush of Atlantic City, NJ, Robert (Barry) Cheatham of Atlantic City, NJ, Melissa Cheatham of Upper Marlboro, MD, Eric James Cheatham of Des Moines, IA, Angie Gibbs-Wilson of Petersburg, VA, Nicole Cheatham of Atlantic city, NJ, Stephanie Richardson, Samuel Richardson and Jelani Richardson of Scotch Plains, NJ; nieces, Donna Hudson, Lisa Scott, Norma Mobley, Latoya Toulson, and Takiyiah Tyler; nephews, Walter Buckholtz, William Buckholtz, David Buckholtz, Marcus Branch, Gregg Anthony, Donald Anthony Jr., Michael Anthony, Ramone Toulson, Roger Tyler and Ahmad Tyler. He also leaves a host of great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. William was predeceased by: wife, Helen Cheatham; four sons, Anthony Cheatham, Robert Cheatham, Martin Cheatham, and Gary Cheatham; mother, Mabel Strange; father, Kneblett Cheatham; brother, George Strange; sister, Queenie M. Brown Cheatham; cousin, Blanche Hubbard; grandchildren, Anthony Vernon Cheatham, Angel Cheatham, and Brian Gibbs-Wilson; daughter-in law, Pamela Cheatham, brother-in law, Walter Anthony; sisters-in law, Joan Elliott, and Shirlee Anthony. God knows best and thought it was time for William to come home to now rest knowing he did a job well done for his family and his community. Amen. Funeral services will be Noon, Friday, July 16, 2021, Second Baptist Church, 110 Dr. I. S. Cole Plaza, Atlantic City, NJ, where friends may call from 11AM. Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Atlantic City, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.