On Thursday morning, October 24, 2018 Wayne “Tex” Cheatham passed away from heart failure. He was 88 years old.
Tex was born in Troup, Texas and was one of eight children by Archie Newton and Minnie Leona (Wells) Cheatham. His mother tragically passed away while Tex was just eight years old in 1938. Eventually, he and his siblings were sent to the Corsicana State Orphan’s Home. Tex continually ran away until being left alone at age 12 to live and work with his father.
When he was 18, Tex joined the Army Signal Core where he fearlessly climbed communication towers that served for the Command and Control of the combined Armed Forces for four years. He served overseas in Guam and the Philippines.
While stationed in Moses Lake, WA. Tex met and married Mary Jane Worley at the age of 27. They settled in Bonners Ferry, ID for many years before moving the family to Comanche, TX after the passing of his eldest son, Wayne, in 1979.
A few years later the family moved to Bay City on the Texas coast where Tex began a new love, fishing for 30-60 lb. Black Drum.
Somewhere around 1989 Tex moved his family back to Post Falls, ID where Tex spent time Salmon fishing the Columbia River and trout fishing in Lake Coeur d’Alene. He enjoyed Huckleberry picking and countless hours of woodworking building custom tables and clocks.
Tex and Mary Jane remained married for 51 years until her death in 2008 from cancer.
Tex loved a good garage sale and enjoyed searching for “garage sale goodies”! He was quick with his wit and never walked into a business or restaurant without some funny off-the-cuff comment. He loved children and rarely had empty arms when an infant was nearby.
Tex and Mary had six children; Wayne Jr., Archie, Jerry, Vicky, Danny, John, and one grandchild Alexander (Wayne) Cheatham.
Tex was predeceased by both parents, his wife Mary, his siblings Andy, Lloyd, Ray, Emma, Floyd, his first born son Wayne, and son Danny.
Tex is survived by his sons, Archie of Austin, TX; Jerry of Rathdrum, ID; John of Spokane, WA. and daughter Vicky Larson of Post Falls, ID. and grandson Alex Cheatham of Post Falls, ID., and his siblings Marietta McElroy of San Diego, CA, and Norma Jean Manning of Birmingham, AL.
Services will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 3, 2018 in Post Falls, ID at the English Funeral Home, 1700 North Spokane St., Post Falls, ID 83854
Please sign his online memorial at www.englishfuneralchapel.com