Leone Tures Cheatom

August 27, 1939October 29, 2012
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Leone Tures Cheatom age 73 was born in Pocahontas, Mississippi on August 27, 1939. He went to be with the Lord on October 29, 2012 at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. Leone married Willette Robinson on August 8, 1964 at St. Thomas AME Zion Church in Tinton Falls, NJ

After graduating from Lanier High School in Jackson, MI. Leone joined the Army. He is a 30 year veteran and served tours of duty in Italy; Ft. Monmouth, NJ; Ft. Devens, Mass; a tour in Vietnam, a tour in Karlsruhe, Germany; a second tour in Vietnam, a tour in Worms, Germany one at the Yakima Training Center, a hardship tour in South Korea and a final tour at Ft. Lewis, W A retiring in 1988 with the rank of Sgt. Major. During his military career, Leone earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Management attending classes at night and on weekends at the various duty stations where he served graduating from the University of Maryland at Heidelberg, Germany in May, 1981. After military service, Leone worked for BiMart as a salesperson, 13 years for Yakima County as a security guard at the county jail, then as Juvenile Counselor, Juvenile Detention Manager and finally Juvenile Administer for the County. After retiring from that position, Leone worked for Hanford Patrol, a nuclear storage facility near Richland, W A as a Security Police Officer and retired after 5 years with the rank of Captain in charge of Logistics. Leone was an active member of Bethel AME Church serving in positions as Director of Christian Education, Church School Superintendent, Lay Organization President, a Steward and a Trustee as well as teaching the Adult Sunday School Class. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and its doctrines.

Leone was an avid golfer often playing rounds with his friend and honorary son Leland Jiles of Lacy, W A. He very seldom traveled without taking his golf clubs along with him. He also loved to fish with his longtime friend Felix Gray of Yakima. Leone spent many hours listening to music and had an extensive collection consisting of cassettes, reel to reels, LP's, and CD's of Jazz, R&B and Classical music.

Leone served on the YMCA Board of Directors, The EPIC Board, Yakima Community Foundation and Yakima Schools Foundation and served four years on the Yakima School Board. He voluntarily tutored students in math at home and during the three years that Bethel AME Church hosted the Kirkland Academy for Excellence Summer School.

Leone was a staunch advocate for youth. He coached the Yakima Valley Grid Kids Eagles football team for nearly 30 years and was elected YVGKA Board Chair in February 2012. He has received numerous accolades for his involvement in the Yakima Community. He is survived by his wife Willette, two sons Leon Anthony Cheatom of Yakima, Mark Alexander (Claudia) Cheatom of Union Gap, three daughters, Dorothy Bolton of Clinton, MS; Renata Solomon of Seattle; and Lanieka Miller; two brothers Willie Cheatham of Albion, MI and Dwayne Cheatham of Florence, MS; four sisters, Joanne Cheatham of Bolton MS; Ella Perry of Houston, TX; Stella Denson of Jackson, MS; Leonia Harper of Clinton, MS and seven grandkids, three great-grandkids and a host of cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Leon Cheatham, his mother Maggie Jones, Hi grandmother Maggie Collins, a sister Maggie Cheatham, and two brothers, Bobby Cheatham and Ozzie Cheatham, a granddaughter Alisha Wilson, and a grandson Mark Alexander Cheatom, Jr.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in care of Keith & Keith Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Keith & Keith Ninth Avenue Chapel. Burial will be at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA with full military honors. To share a memory of Leone please visit


  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 3, 2012
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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ella perry

December 3, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Terry Abeyta

November 11, 2012

Leone was a good man who did so much to make our community a better place to live. I am honored to know him from our work together on the Yakima Valley Community Foundation and to call him friend. We will miss him. May the angels welcome him to Paradise and comfort Willette, his children, and all who loved him.

Jamie Collins

November 8, 2012

Thank you Coach for the inspiration u were to our kids and parents, You helped my son put his all into something that he will love doing forever. Once an Eagle always and Eagle. (Adrian Gonzales Mom)


November 6, 2012

Although I only met Mr. Cheatom for a very brief time during the last weeks of his life, I felt the influence he had on the people in his life. I am sorry I didn't get more of an opportunity to spend time with him. He seemed like an amazing man. I am sorry for your loss...

Rosalynda Paez-Carlton

November 5, 2012

I was sad to hear of your loss Willette and family. Leone was an amazing individual who gave so much of his time and love to the Yakima Community. As a Yakima School Board Member, I enjoyed the time we worked together! I will treasure the fond memories of the time we spent together as Yakima School Board Members. I will never forget our plane rides, especially when the plane would fly through turbulence, he was such a gentleman. I will truly miss him! May God comfort you during this difficult time.

Bunker Frank

November 4, 2012

Leone, I knew you best when our years overlapped on the Yakima School Board. But whenever our paths crossed after that, most recently this summer at the Farmer's Market, we could engage endlessly about kids and learning. You lent your great heart, coaching (academic and athletic) talents, and problem solving mind to the community and made generous patriotic commitment to the nation. You are gone much too soon, but leaving heaps of fond memories for all. Willette and family, please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.

November 4, 2012

My heartfelt condolences goes to you Willette and family, Leone faught a good fight, this past May of this year my sister loss her battle with the same illness. Therefore, I sincerely feels your pain. Mr. Leone Cheatom willl truly be missed throughout The Lay Oganization. May God continued watch over and keep you all.

DeLois Day

November 4, 2012

My heartfelt condolences goes to you Willette and family, Leone faught a good fight, this past May of this year my sister loss her battle with the same illness. Therefore, I sincerely feels your pain. Mr. Leone Cheatom willl truly be missed throughout The Lay Oganization. May God continued watch over and keep you all.

November 4, 2012

To The Cheatom Family;

Many thoughts are with you right now,
May they help you get through thid difficult time.
With Deep Sempathy.

The Lucinda Enox Women's Missionary Society
Ebenezer A.M.E. Church - Bremerton, WA.
Thelma Davis-President

Donna Janovitch

November 3, 2012

A Tribute to Leone

L is for your love of family, church and community
E is for your endless support of our youth and next generation
O is for your outstanding committment to everything you touched
N is for never giving up on anyone or anything
E is for the education and legacy you leave for you all who knew you

It has been a privilege for us to be a small part of your life! May you be surrounded by God's Angels and may they hold your family tight at this time of their grief. With Love and Admiration,
The Janovitch Family (Donna, Michael, J.P. and Jason)