OBITUARY

Terri Lynn Cheatwood

October 12, 1954July 12, 2018
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Terri Lynn Cheatwood, 63, became an angel of the Lord, surrounded by her family, in Houston, TX on July 12, 2018. She will be genuinely missed, and was undoubtedly the best mother, wife, sister, and friend we all could have asked for.

Terri was born on October 12, 1954 in Houston. She graduated Smiley High School in 1972 with her two best friends Jane Dyess and Marianne Spencer Rogers. She became a Specialist 4 in the United States Army until 1976. Terri had a successful, 25 plus year career with AT&T and her final retirement from Gexa Energy in 2015.

Terri’s passing was preceded by her mother and father, Bertha Hooper-Jones and Robert Lee Hooper. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Daniel J. Cheatwood; daughter, Natasha Louise Gibbs, daughter-in-law, Nichelle J’Elene Gibbs, and former spouse, Anthony Martin-Taylor, Natasha’s father.

Terri is also survived by loving sisters and their families, Martha Ann McConnell (sister), Johnny McConnell (brother-in-law), Michelle Read (niece), Jason McConnell (nephew), Dixie Lee Shaw (sister), Eddie Shaw (brother-in-law), Aaron Shaw (nephew), Nathan Shaw (nephew), Jonathan Shaw (nephew), Rachel Mandreger (niece), and Hannah Bradley (niece), great nephews and nieces and her beloved cousin Wayne Hopkins, and her two dogs Allie and Bella.

Friends are invited to visitation with the family on Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am with her funeral service following at 11:00 am at Houston’s First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77024, with a reception to follow at the church.

  • FAMILY

  • Terri’s passing was preceded by her mother and father, Bertha Hooper-Jones and Robert Lee Hooper. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Daniel J. Cheatwood; daughter, Natasha Louise Gibbs, daughter-in-law, Nichelle J’Elene Gibbs, and former spouse, Anthony Martin-Taylor, Natasha’s father.

    Terri is also survived by loving sisters and their families, Martha Ann McConnell (sister), Johnny McConnell (brother-in-law), Michelle Read (niece), Jason McConnell (nephew), Dixie Lee Shaw (sister), Eddie Shaw (brother-in-law), Aaron Shaw (nephew), Nathan Shaw (nephew), Jonathan Shaw (nephew), Rachel Mandreger (niece), and Hannah Bradley (niece), great nephews and nieces and her beloved cousin Wayne Hopkins, and her two dogs Allie and Bella.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Reception Thursday, July 19, 2018
REMEMBERING

Terri Lynn Cheatwood

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Nichelle Gibbs

October 2, 2018

From the moment we met, my "mutha in law" always made me feel welcome. Our first encounter was the Christmas of 2014. She welcomed me with open arms, and made me feel like we'd know each other for years. From that moment on, I knew I'd picked the right family to want to be a part of. As time went on, I became her "other daughter", and she never hesitated to tell me "thank you" for coming into Natasha's life. I would blush, and say thank you, not knowing how important a roll I would play in the coming years. When I decided to go to Nursing School, she was my biggest cheerleader. She definitely filled my own mother's shoes when it came to rooting me on, and believing that I could be successful. Every test day she would call or text to see how I made out on my test. She would encourage me on the bad days, and celebrate with me on the good ones. And no matter how down I would get when things weren't going my way, she would never let me give up. Her love and encouragement definitely helped me accomplish my dreams of becoming a nurse. But her biggest contribution to my life was Natasha. Terri not only encouraged me, but she also trusted me, with her most prized possession. She saw something in me that, as it was told to me, she had never seen in anyone else Natasha had brought home. She told me she had never seen Natasha as happy before, as she did when she was with me. Thanksgiving day 2015, I asked her for Natasha's hand in marriage. I cried and cried and cried. She just hugged me, and said of course! Why are you crying?! Did you really think I would say no?! I wiped my tears away, and we laughed about it, and discussed the upcoming proposal. From then on, I never had a doubt about Terri's love for me. Her only request from that day on was that I always take care of her "baby." I promised her then, and I promise her now, that I will always take care of her baby, like she took care of me. I love you always. "Savy"

Tara Gibbs

July 24, 2018

I will never forget all the crazy conversations we had every time it was a gathering... The eyelashes was something I was suppose to show you how to do and we never got a chance to but you in a better place now and not suffering but when we meet again I will show you in heaven....

Monique Huntley

July 24, 2018

My favorite memory is when our mothers met for the first time at one of our favorite food hang-outs, Alicia's. Our moms hit it off because they were so much alike. Also, they both suffered from "short-women" complex: bossy! I will miss hearing your mom say "Mo, talk to her"! My friend, know that you were truly loved!

Angelique Gibbs

July 24, 2018

Well my favorite memory is of the Christmas gathering where one of the gifts was a waffle maker. When she said that's one of those like they have at the HO TEL LOL. She made it into two different words we laughed so much that night. That's when I fell in love with her as a person. Although we only saw each other at the holidays it was always something I looked forward to. Now I know she's in heaven still sharing that bright light.

Natasha Gibbs

July 24, 2018

The woman I have called friend, confidant, but most of all my mother, and in my opinion the best mother in the world is gone. I will miss her more than she will ever know, there are no words for the sorrow my heart feels right now!!! The amount of laughter she brought to my life always being so silly & crazy. I will miss her laugh & her country twang, she knew how to make a 2 syllable word at least 4 syllables. I will always remember the fun we had in dressing rooms, we always knew how to make being too fat to fit in to clothes something comical. Best moment I can remember was shopping for wedding dresses & I forgot to put on panties, and of course sample dresses never fit anyone more than a size six, so the consultant was trying to stuff me in to this dress & my whole heinie was hanging out, and I said “mom give me your panties” she was like what!!! So she commenced to give me the biggest white cotton full brief panty I had ever seen, I was like how in the world do you wear this parachute as panties!! 😂😂 My mother, me, and the consultant laughed for at least 5 minutes straight. That was one the best days of my life. I will see her again when my journey here is over, until then she will live in my heart and in all the wonderful memories we made. Love you to the moon and back mom.
I Promise I won’t speed, I’ll wear my seatbelt, because I know I’m your only child!!

Anthony Martin-Taylor

July 21, 2018

July 13, 2018
7:30 AM

I just woke up from a dream, I was having a conversation with Terri, while riding in a vehicle on some type of road trip. We were talking about why the water in Houston was so bad, and why did it taste so bad.

I told her, It was from the chemicals they put in it to make it drinkable., and even if it did taste funny, it was OK to drink.

She then started looking up my nose and said, gimme some pliers so I can get that gray hair out of your nose. I said stop it, leave it alone. She said that it did not matter that I said the water was good to drink, Social Media said not to drink it, no matter what.

She again started looking up my nose, so I began to attempt to pull out the gray hair, so that I could throw it on her. She then turned to Dixie and said, give me those pliers, and if you pull it out and throw it on me, then I’m going to throw this worm on you.

I told her that you don’t pull nose hairs out with pliers, you use tweezers. And that she knows that I’m not scared of worms anyway, you know what I’m scare of and you don’t have any of those.

At that point I woke up, and was so glad that I had been talking to her. It made me realize how much I was going to miss all of the stupid conversations we would have with each other, and how she had been such an intricate part of my life for the past 44 years.

I hope to keep her in my dreams, until we meet again, Love You Hammie.

Becky Reed Ayers

July 18, 2018

Terri and I grew up together as next door neighbors. We had a lifetime of good times together. I could share so many memories of me and Terri growing up together on Homewood. If I wasn't at her house she was at mine. She was like a sister to me. I have a lot of great memories of her and will forever miss my life long friend. I will miss seeing her at our Smiley Reunions and working with her on the food line. God bless Daniel and Natasha as they continue on without her. Cherish the memories and know we will see her again. Terri Lynn "I will miss you forever" and never forget you! Part of my heart has gone with you!!

Sharon Spencer (Trawick)

July 18, 2018

Terri Lynn Hooper Cheatwood was a dear childhood friend. She was best friend's with my sister, Marianne Spencer. Her sister, Dixie, was my best friend. Our families were neighbors and were church members at Loyalty Baptist Church. There were so many wonderful memories that we all shared together. One memory in particular that I can recall was Dixie and Terri spending the night with Marianne and I, (we girls stayed up late and watched Calamity Jane with Doris Day and also we played Monopoly and Life)! Those were great times back then! Terri was always cracking jokes and making us laugh! Rest In Peace Terri Lynn! Love, Sharon Spencer Trawick

Dixie Shaw

July 18, 2018

I loved my sister Terri more than words can describe. We had our moments but we loved each other. I am so glad we spent 18 months remodeling our moms house to get it ready to sell. I will cherish those memories forever. I spent 6 nights with Terri in the hospital but only July 6th and 7th were we able to communicate. There are so many things I wished we had talked about while I was there. Losing my sister is the hardest thing I have had to endure and I know God's Grace will carry me through but the pain is real. Terri was the fun sister who loved to tell stories. I don't know how she was able to tell stories and keep most of the facts in order but everyone loved to hear her tell stories. She remembered things I cannot remember and I wish we could sit down and I could write them all out. Everyone LOVED Terri and she had a lot of friends. We took vacations together, skied together shopped together and worked together and so much more. Standing in line at Best Buy on Black Friday at 4 and 5 am was what we did so many times. We talked on the phone almost every day and I catch myself just wanting to call her and chat about our day. One day we will meet again. So many memories of my SISTER Terri Lynn fill my thoughts as I write this today. I loved her and that was the last thing I told her as I left on July 7th 2018.

Ann McConnell

July 17, 2018

How can you share a lifetime of memories in such a short space? You were a silly, funny, crazy kid from the beginning. Always a laugh or a comeback or just plain silly you were. So many stories come to mind. We moved into the new house on Homewood when you were a year old. You were a small baby and mom kept you in a box with a pillow in it on the kitchen table. When she went out to hang up clothes we should get the box with you in it off the table. Then with Dixie at one end of the hall and me at the other we would push you back and forth to each other. You would laugh and laugh and laugh. Sometimes we would get caught and mom would give us a spanking with the fly swatter. In later years we would say that what was wrong with you was your brain must have been damaged from pushing you up and down in the hall. You were such a character making live better and funny for others. I will miss you more than words can express. Rest in peace baby sister.

With great love and admiration your big sis Ann.

Biography

      If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Terri Lynn Cheatwood. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. Terri was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what she meant.

      Terri was born on St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas. She was the daughter of Bertha and Robert Hooper. Terri was raised in Houston, Texas. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. Terri was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Terri's personality throughout her life.

      Though Terri was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with her family, she was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Terri was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Terri worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Terri was raised with two siblings. She had two sisters, Martha Ann and Dixie Lee. Terri and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of her experiences, Terri was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although she had an exacting nature, Terri was always tactful. One thing Terri will certainly be remembered for is that, when she got up in the mornings, she was ready and raring to go. As a young girl, Terri had a number of interests and was an active child. Terri took part in water and snow skiing.

      For Terri, the school routines were never a problem although she generally preferred variety to structure. She seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And she was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Terri was also adept at details. Terri was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. She graduated from M. B. Smiley High School in 1972. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Terri hated school, she went just to socialize.

      There was one thing that all of Terri's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that she was a talker. She could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Terri was such a popular person throughout her life. But Terri was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Terri was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While she maintained personal standards and her own personal values, Terri was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Terri was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Terri was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Terri made friends, she made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of her best friends were Jane Duess, Marianne Spencer, and Becky Reed. Later in life, she became friends with Jim Power, Pat King, Myrtle Huddteston, while remaining friends with Jane, Marianne, and Becky.

      Terri was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. Terri cared for what others thought and carried that into her marriage. On March 31, 1984 Terri married Daniel J. Cheatwood at Woodlands Trail Baptist Church of Houston, Texas. Compassionate and devoted, Terri worked hard to make her new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Terri and she made every effort to maintain it with her family. Terri was blessed with one daughter, Natasha Louise Gibbs. They were also blessed with two grand cats and one grand dog., Kisa, Zoey, Nina. Terri was always conscious of the feelings others had. She was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Terri was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. Her secret of success in this area was simple: Terri would listen before she would act.

      Taking her work seriously came naturally to Terri, and she expected the same from those around her. Terri was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. She was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in her good communication skills. Terri was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Terri handled well. She could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” Her primary occupation was Service Representative ( sales divison), Bill Mailing Manager. She was employed for over 20 years with AT&T. She was then employed with Gexa Energy over 10 years until retirement. She brought harmony to her work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for her colleagues.

      Blessed with a practical nature, Terri was a person who appreciated the routine of the military. She was a woman who took her obligations seriously, working well with the others in her unit. Terri was an Army Spec 4. She went to Fort Campbell in Kentucky for Boot Camp, then stationed in Stuttgart, Germany at Flak-Kaserne Ludwigsburg until moving to Fort Carson, Colorado and being honorably discharged. Terri saw action for Cold War. Through her hard work and dedication, she achieved the rank of Spec 4.

      A methodical woman, Terri enjoyed spending time working on her various hobbies. She had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that she could have something to show for her efforts. Her favorite pursuits were traveling, her passion was seeing the world.

      Terri was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth her best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Terri was always enthusiastic and a great team player. Mom loved to dance. Terri also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were Baseball, loved Houston Astros with her husband.

     Her keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led Terri to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because she was outgoing and worked well with others, Terri did her fair share of volunteer work. And she wouldn’t shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. She was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. Throughout her later years, Terri was an active member of the Smiley High School reunions. She attended everyone and was part of the commitee of getting the retreats together.

     Her high moral standards and traditional values served Terri well with her faith. Religion and faith were important to her. My mother was religous and baptized in the Baptist Church. She was well respected because she was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner she could.

      A generous and compassionate woman, Terri accomplished much during her lifetime. Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, Terri was recognized and given awards for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. Won many awards during her time at AT&T.

      Not only did Terri enjoy traveling, but she also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. She was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. She rarely tired of going back and revisiting her favorite places. Too many vacations to name, but river rafting in the Grand Canyon was her favorite.

      Terri was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was First dog love was Chico, then Pebbles, and at the end Allie and Bella.

      Since it was easy for Terri to meet and get to know new people, she quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once she met those new friends, she loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since she was practical and cost effective, Terri was ready when that day to retire finally came in 2015. Her new life involved relocating to Houston, Texas. In retirement, she found new pleasure in travel, travel, travel,she bought a 5th wheel trailer and went to see the world. Even in retirement, Terri stayed in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered her.

      Terri passed away on July 12, 2018 at Houston, Texas. Had bad heart valves,and went to have valve replacement. She went into Cardogenic shock and heart failure which she was not able to recover from. She is survived by her husband of 34 years Daniel J. Cheatwood; daughter, Natasha Louise Gibbs, daughter-in-law, Nichelle J’Elene Gibbs, and former spouse, Anthony Martin-Taylor, Natasha’s father. Services were held at Houston's First Baptist Church. Terri was cremated and distributed to Daniel and Natasha.

      Terri was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever she said something, she meant it. Terri was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Terri Lynn Cheatwood.