Claude Corum Cheely

August 3, 1934March 25, 2021

Claude Corum Cheely, 86, of Richmond, went to be with the Lord, March 25, 2021.

His wife of 57 years, Sara T. Cheely, predeceased him in January, 2014, and while he missed her greatly, he continued on as the head of his family quite well until this last year when his health began to decline.

He is survived by his children, Claudia D. Cheely, Gregory T. Cheely (Cindy), Linda C. Stewart (Roger A.); grandchildren, Madison T. Stewart, Alexander G. Stewart, Michael A. Stewart and G. Hunter Cheely.

Claude graduated from Alberta High School in Brunswick Co., Virginia, in 1951 and from RPI (now VCU) in 1956.

Claude began his career with the Virginia Department of Transportation, and left that to pursue a career in the insurance business, which culminated when he became an owner in the agency, Peyton, Cheely & Woodle.

Claude was a life-long golfer, excelling at the game in his earlier years, including a few holes in one, and then continuing to score in the 70s and 80s until his age was approaching those scores. After Claude retired in the mid-1990s, he and Sara enjoyed their time together with their family and friends. They loved traveling through Europe and much of North America. They spent many winters in their motor home as snowbirds in Florida. They were active members of Ginter Park Methodist Church and members of the Virginia Ramblers.

Due to continued precautions related to COVID-19, the family plans to have a celebration of life/memorial service at a future date (possibly in August), after which the ashes of both Claude and Sara will be interred together. If you would like to attend, please reach out to the family, who will invite all who wish to attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and to Ginter Park Methodist Church.


  • Sara T. Cheely, Wife of 57 years (deceased)
  • Claudia D. Cheely, Daughter
  • Gregory T. Cheely (Cindy), Son
  • Linda C. Stewart (Roger A.), Daughter
  • Madison T. Stewart, Alexander G. Stewart, Michael A. Stewart and G. Hunter Cheely, Grandchildren

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Ginter Park Methodist Church


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Claude Corum Cheely

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Robin Haynes

March 29, 2021

I have lots of wonderful memories of uncle Claude. He was one of the only positive male influences I had in my life! The wonderful family Christmases every year at his and Sarah's home! The fishing at the farm. He and his sister's were avid fly fishers! And their family card games. He and Sarah both were wonderful people In general as well as great parents and I'm sure grandparents! I like the thought of him and his siblings and their spouses having a grand reunion in heaven!