"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living"
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Bruce A. Cheatham
Bruce A. Cheatham
Bruce Alex Cheatham, affectionately known as Brudum, Tabb, Brucey, Hootie, and Pop Pop was born on February 20, 1958 in Stuttgart, Germany to the late Sandy and Mary Cheatham. Bruce transitioned this life at home and entered into the gates of heaven on June 15, 2021. He was the youngest of five children, often referred to as “Lord Knucklehead” by his dad because Bruce did his chores when he was ready. He knew the value of a dollar at a young age, and loved collecting and counting pennies as a child and continued to collect coins in later years.
Bruce was educated in the Willingboro NJ School District and graduated from Burlington County College majoring in Architectural Design. Early in his career, Bruce installed custom fences but his passion was in the field of building maintenance. Throughout his career, he worked at Rancocas Hospital, Crossing of Riverside, Whitesell, Burlington Manor, and the Walters Group. Bruce was an inspiration and companion to countless sick and elderly people and was known to go above and beyond his job description to ensure the safety of patients and residents.
At home, Bruce was the in-house comedian and frugal extraordinaire often teasing his wife, Gail, for eating sunflower seeds in bed while talking her out of expensive home projects.
Bruce loved his children and grandchildren fiercely, taking them on annual vacations to Wildwood, NJ and always rewarding them for a job well done.
Bruce was an avid EAGLES fan spending many Sundays watching the game in his favorite recliner. He thoroughly enjoyed fishing at The Riverfront in Burlington, NJ and playing the NJ Lottery. Bruce was a great listener and conversationalist. He loved talking politics—especially about our most recent election. He was very skilled with his hands—capable of fixing anything. Bruce was very loyal to all who knew him.
Bruce was preceded in death by his mother, Mary; father, Sandy; sisters, Terri and Arletta; and beloved friends, Greg, China, Cricket, and Mousey.
He leaves to cherish his memory, a loving and devoted wife of 19 years, Gail Cheatham of Willingboro, NJ, two sons, Terek and Jamal, one daughter, Salima (Tawfiq), two step daughters, Latoya (Carnita) and Tiffaney (Ka-heif), one granddaughter, Kaiya, one grandson, Qi’Ere, four step-grandsons, Jamir, Aljumell, Jeremy and Anthony, one step-granddaughter, Fayth, two brothers, Sandy III and Rodrick, his adopted sister, Liz his loving and supportive Richmond family, Nyeta, Walter, Sandra, Sheila (traveled from Richmond, VA to nurse Bruce through his final evening), and Sylvia and a host of nieces and nephews.
Bruce A. Cheatham, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Celebration service will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2021 11AM at the Second Baptist Church, 306 Washington Street, Mt. Holly, NJ. Family and friends may view from 10 am until time of service. Interment: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Burlington, NJ. Service to the family by the TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ.
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