Death Notices

Murle Wayne Cheatwood
September 23, 1939 – June 26, 2022

Mr. Murle Cheatwood of Saline, Louisiana passed away Sunday, June 26, 2022 at the Carpenter House in Shreveport, Louisiana.  He was married to Dianne Guin Cheatwood and together they had six children.

Murle and Dianne along with their mules and wagon worked for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for twenty-five years.  They raised many thousands of dollars which they donated to the hospital. 

Murle and Dianne worked with the Saline Watermelon Festival for many years and he was honored as grand marshal two times.  Together they helped to develop Rails to Trails which is used by many riders today.  While traveling across the United States, Murle attended dozens of trail rides when he had time off from his job at Continental Can Company.  He worked in the wood yard for thirty-nine years.

Murle was also a high school basketball official and over the years called hundreds of games.  He once called a foul on NBA great Karl Malone when he played for Summerfield High School, but his greatest memory was calling a foul on his future wife, Dianne.  Murle, along with his white mules and wagon appeared in the motion picture “The Great Debaters” starring Denzel Washington.

Murle will truly be missed by his family and friends, but most of all by his love, Dianne.  He will never be forgotten.  He is survived by his wife, Dianne (Guin) Cheatwood; Six Children, Teresa Cheatwood Watson, Jeff Cheatwood and Sheryl, Tammy Cheatwood Barrett and Mike, Chris Ward and Xhochotti, Mark Ward and Melissa, Jerri Diane Nall and Wesley; sister, Aline Cheatwood Tyler; seventeen grandchildren; numerous great and great-great grandchildren; two special nieces; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Noah Franklin Cheatwood; mother, Gracie Lee (Phillips) Cheatwood; and siblings, Nellie, Ellie, Bobbie, Christene, William, Willie, Syble, Barbara, and Frankie.

Serving the family as pallbearers will be Ryder Blanchard, Tony Davis, Chase Cheatwood, Randy Corley, Jeff Davis, Brandon Davis, Kevin Guin, and Tray Blanchard.  Honorary Pallbearers will be the grandchildren.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at Magnolia Baptist Church in Saline from 5 PM until 9 PM.  The funeral service will be on Thursday, June 30, 2022 with Brother Buddy Davis and Brother Chase Green officiating.  Burial will follow at Old Saline Baptist Church Cemetery in Saline under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

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