NORMAN — Ola Irene Cheatham went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law’s in Norman.
She was the third of four children born to Harvey and Hattie Pierce. Ola was born June 9, 1924, in Paoli. She grew up in the Pauls Valley, Paoli and Wanette, where she liked to play softball and roller skate.
She married Bob Stewart on April 8, 1946, and eventually moved to Norman. Ola worked on planes at Tinker Air Force Base during the war. She was full of life and adventure and thought it would be a great to be a pilot. Bob and Ola had two children, James Donald “Jimmy Don,” born in February 1947, and Rita Gail, born in November 1948. She and Bob were divorced in 1962.
She was the best mother anyone could ever ask for, always putting her children first, refusing to remarry until they were grown. The most important date in her life occurred late one eveing in 1956. She became a Christian and was an example of faith and Christ’s love to the very end. She worked at the McHughes Food Center for 22 years, prior to marrying Virgil Cheatham on April 23, 1977. She and Virgil made their home in Oklahoma City. They were faithful members of Brookwood Baptist Church, where they made many friends, whom they loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Virgil; sisters Mylena Henson and Louise Golden; and brother, Harvey Pierce Jr.
She is survived by her son, Jimmy Don of Belton, Texas; daughter, Rita Gail and husband Gary Brooks of Norman; grandchildren Todd Webster, Brad Webster and wife JoAnn, Sheree Stewart-Duhon, Angela Brooks Smith and husband Michael, Cameron Stewart, Keith Brooks and wife Shelley and Melissa Stewart; great-grandchildren Nicole and Dakota Webster, Landry and Logan Duhon, Sidney Stewart, Michaela and Brooks Smith, and Emma, Murphy, Zinash and Yoseph Brooks; and a multitude of nieces, nephews and close friends.