OBITUARY

Charles Elbert Cheatham Jr.

September 12, 1971March 22, 2021
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Charles E. Cheatham, Jr., 49, of Yuma, AZ passed away on March 22, 2021 at YRMC with family by his side. He was born in Stockton, CA on September 12, 1971, and moved to Yuma as a teenager where he lived for the rest of his days. Charles was a well-loved member of the community and will be remembered by many for his kindness, smile, and love to tell stories. Many more people may recall seeing him riding his bike to the music stores in town throughout the years.

He was a proud graduate of Kofa High School and a diligent custodian at the Border Patrol station through the ACHIEVE program. Charles was proud of his job and always did his work every day with a smile and a story to brighten everyone’s day.

Charles was an active participant in the Special Olympics program for all of his time in Yuma and made many life-long friends at Special Olympics. He participated in almost every Special Olympics activity but he was most active in Bowling, Swimming, and Cheer.

Charles is preceded in death by his father, John A. Delpino, Sr. Charles is survived by his mother, Delores C. B. Delpino; his sister, Dejon C. Delpino, Esq.; and a host of loving brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He also leaves behind his family in the Special Olympics and ACHIEVE program who have helped the immediate family greatly since his passing. He was a loving and kind man who will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

Let’s just put it like this, there’s a Charles shaped hole in the heart of Yuma.

Services will be held on April 16th at 9:00am in the Chapel at Johnson Mortuary & Desert Lawn Memorial Park at 1415 S 1st Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364 with the burial at 11:00 am. The repass will follow at 12:00pm at the Cultural Center at Old St. Paul’s Church located at 645 S 2nd Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Charles’ name to: Special Olympics of Arizona

c/o Mary Christensen

2455 N. Citrus Rd., Bldg.#64,

Goodyear, AZ 85395

  • FAMILY

  • Delores Christine Bessie Delpino, Mother
  • Dejon Delpino, Sister
  • John A. Delpino Sr., Father (deceased)

Services

16 April

Visitation

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Johnson Mortuary Chapel

1415 S. First Avenue
Yuma, Arizona 85364

16 April

Repast

12:00 pm

St. Paul's Cultural Center

645 S 2nd Ave
Yuma, Arizona 85364

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Charles Elbert Cheatham Jr.

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mike shelton

April 9, 2021

We enjoyed Charles at the 15th Avenue Barbershop. Almost every time we saw each other Charles would ask me a question as a member of the Yuma City Council. I'd patiently answer it, treating it as a teachable moment.
I know Mr. James Williams misses Charles deeply. We all do.

Thamar Anderson

March 30, 2021

I’ve known Charles since 2006 when he worked for the Yuma WORC Center. He was such a hard worker and cared for all of those around him. I can still hear his laughter fill the room! He was always ready for each day and enjoyed telling jokes to share his happiness with those around him. He is missed beyond words. Hugs to all who knew and loved him like I did. 💛

mike shelton

March 25, 2021

We saw each other in Mr. James barbershop. He loved Mr. James. Charles was always showing happiness and gave one incredible story after another. We will miss him.

Suzi Rourke

March 24, 2021

There are really no words that adequately express my sorrow - I pray you find that peace that passes all understanding. The energy Charles lost in his death is alive in the hearts of so many - and I will always smile when I think of him and forever hold him in the light.

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