Fallen Hero: SFC(Ret) Randy Cheatham


Funeral Home

`McClain-Hays Funeral Services

1002 East Main Street Philadelphia, Mississippi
(601) 656-1212


Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Home


Friday, July 23, 2021 at 10 a.m. from McClain-Hays Chapel.  Burial will follow in Cedarlawn Cemetery


Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero have been released from duty, passed from our ranks on July 20, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home. SFC(Ret) Randy Cheatham, age 78, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within 367th Maintenance Company and HHC 298th Maintenance Battalion has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Obituary, visitation and services

Funeral services for Randy Cheatham will be held Friday, July 23, 2021 at 10 a.m. from McClain-Hays Chapel with Dr. Dan Howard and Rev. Mack Alford officiating. Burial will follow in Cedarlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Home.

Mr. Cheatham, 78, of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Thomas Randolph (Randy) Cheatham, Jr. was born March 2, 1943. He was married to Virginia Pettit Cheatham for 56 years. He worked for Commercial Credit for 10 ½ years before moving back to Philadelphia to work for Perry Construction Company for 3 ½ years and then retired from The Citizens Bank after 38 years as Vice President/ Loan Officer.

Mr. Cheatham was a Neshoba County native and a graduate of Philadelphia High School in 1961,where he excelled in basketball. He attended East Central Junior College where he played basketball for 2 years. He served in the National Guard for 39 years in the 367th Maintenance Company and the 298th Headquarters Unit. He was activated to serve during Desert Storm/Desert Shield at Fort Hood, Texas.