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Wayne ‘Tex’ Cheatham

June 15, 1930 ~ Oct. 24, 2018
November 1, 2018
Wayne "Tex" Cheatham
Wayne “Tex” Cheatham, 88, passed away from heart failure on Thursday morning, October 24, 2018. Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, November 3, at English Funeral Home, N1700 Spokane Street, Post Falls.

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 Corps, 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, Washington, Tex met and married Mary Jane Worley at the age of 27. They settled in Bonners Ferry for many years before moving the family to Comanche, Texas, 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- to 60-pound black drum.

Somewhere around 1989, Tex moved his family back to Post Falls, where Tex spent time salmon fishing on 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 and John, and one grandchild, Alexander (Wayne) Cheatham.

Tex was predeceased by both parents, his wife, Mary, siblings Andy, Lloyd, Ray, Emma and Floyd, his firstborn son, Wayne and son, Danny.

Tex is survived by his sons Archie, Austin, Texas, Jerry,Rathdrum, and John, Spokane, daughter Vicky Larson, Post Falls, grandson Alex Cheatham, Post Falls, and siblings Marietta McElroy, San Diego, California, and Norma Jean Manning, Birmingham, Alabama.

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