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Stephen Whitfield Cheeves
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Birth: Mar. 2, 1868
Alabama, USA
Death: Dec. 25, 1930
Milam County
Texas, USA

The Cameron Herald
Thursday, 1 January 1931

S.W. Cheeves
Pioneer Business Man is Dead

Stroke of Apoplexy Fatal to Widely Known Merchant on December 25

S. W. Cheeves, pioneer business man of Cameron, widely known merchant, banker and land owner died suddenly on Christmas Day, December 25, 1930, from a stroke of apoplexy suffered while on his way to a farm in the Belmen community in company with his son-in-law, Fontaine Flinn.
Mr. Cheeves had suffered a decline in health some months prior to his death and his condition was known to members of the family and a few friends. His death came as a distinct shock to the community and to the hundreds who knew him. He had left his home in Cameron about 8:30 o'clock on December 25, 1930 in company with Fontaine Flinn. A slow rain was falling and when they reached the vicinity of the farm they were to inspect the car was driven a short distance off the highway where the road became heavy and the car stopped. Mr. Cheeves got out of the car to note the condition of the road and attempted to assist Mr. Flinn to disengage the car. The stroke occurred and he fell to the ground, dying almost instantly.
With the aid of those summoned by Mr. Flinn the body of the pioneer merchant was placed in the car and a call sent in for an ambulance. Dr. Elbra Monroe, summoned, arrived shortly after the ambulance and an examination was made. He had been dead for more than thirty minutes. The body was taken to the home in Cameron.
S. W. Cheeves was born in Alabama in April of 1868 and would have been 63 years of age if he had lived until April of 1931. Early in life Mr. Cheeves began his career as a business man. He had unusual energy and great capacity for business. From his home in Alabama he came to Meridian, Texas where he lived for a short time. Later he moved to Reagan and from that point to Calvert. For the last ____ years Mr. Cheeves had been a resident of Cameron, engaging in business for himself shortly after moving here. In all his undertakings, he prospered and at the time of his death possessed large interests in widely separated points in Texas.
In 1899 he was married to Miss Carrie Stuart of Durango in Falls county, who survives him.

Among the more important enterprises in which Mr. Cheeves had large holdings are the First National Bank of Cameron of which he was president; the Waco Dry Goods Company, a large jobbing concern; Cheeves Brothers & Co. of McKinney and Cheeves Brothers & Co. of Cameron, one of the oldest and largest firms in this section of the state. At various times in his career as a business man Mr. Cheeves turned his attention to lands and owned large interests in South Texas counties and in Milam and other counties.
Death ended an interesting and influential business career when he died on December 25, 1930. Mourned by hundreds who knew him, his memory is a cherished heritage to those who loved him for his fine qualities and real worth. Always a man of retiring disposition he did not take active part in civic or social affairs but in his own way he lived very close to the ideals he had cherished through a busy life time. Never lacking in courtesy or sympathetic understanding he endeared himself to many. In him was the sunlight of warm friendships and about his memory will always cling the love of those who knew him best. His family ties were strongest and to his devoted wife and children he carried in his heart at all times a devotion that was an inspiration to them and that mellowed his life into many hears of sacrifice and interest. To them thus falls the shadow of a great bereavement. His place was a large one in the community in which he lived and in the family where his heart was best known and the quality of his nature most appreciated.
Funeral services were here in the First Methodist church Saturday morning, December 27 at __ o'clock. Rev. C. A. Lehmberg, pastor delivered the funeral sermon, assisted by Rev. O. C. Acrey, pastor of the First Presbyterian church. The Masonic Order of which Mr. Cheeves had been a member for many years had charge of the funeral services at the grave in Oak Hill cemetery. Green Brothers were in charge of funeral arrangements.
The body lay at the home from December 25 until the funeral hour on Saturday, December 27. Banked high about the mauve gray casket of the pioneer business man were flowers in soft colorful array, attesting the esteem of those how sought by this method to convey their respect and sympathy. From the hour at home to the church and later to the wooded grounds of Oak Hill the ceremony was an earnest expression of sorrow and respectful attention of hearts who knew and appreciated his worth. Death had brought rest from arduous years of living and labor to this widely known business man but more than this, it had brought to lodgment in the hearts of many a reflective monument of years filled with friendships and speaking a sentiment of tender memories, sweet with the sacred ties of love and friendship that come to those who know how to live and to appreciate.
As a tribute to Mr. Cheeves, business houses were closed for the funeral hour.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Carrie Cheeves, and five children as follows: Mrs. Cecil Warner of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Mrs. Fontaine Flinn of Robstown, Miss Carolyn Cheeves of Cameron, Mr. Sam Cheeves of Cross Plains and Mr. Frank Cheeves of Cameron; three grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. E.C. Johnson of Temple, Mrs. F.C. Rogers of Waxahachie and Mrs. A.N. Moore of Meridian; two brothers, T.A. Cheeves, Sr. of Marlin and Dick Cheeves of Temple; and several nieces and nephews.
Pall bearers were as follows: Active: Henry Hefley, Oxsheer Smith, Dr. Tom Denson; Preston Graves, Giles Averiett, Rush Thomas, Tom Henderson, Jr. and Joe Bass; Honorary: Arthur Baskin, R. L. Batie, Sr., Judge Jeff Kemp, H. F. Smith, Sr., W. H. Triggs, T. S. Henderson, Sr., Sam Houston, Judge John Watson, Dr. Elbra Monroe, Shep McLerran, Sealy Lamkin, Robert McLane, Abe Cohen, W. C. Lawrence, T. F.Hardy, Dr. Eduard Rischar, H. T. Pope, T. G. Sampson, Ernest Vogelsang, all of Cameron; K. Henderson of Ben Arnold, A. E. Flint and C. S. Peyton of Temple; J. W. Sims and M. V. Naylor of Waco; E. G. Yeager of Rosebud; and B. J. Lintheum of Marlin.
 (bio by: Kevin McCulloch) 
Family links: 
  Andrew Jackson Cheeves (1835 - 1918)
  Nancy C. Herren Cheeves (1837 - 1918)
  Carrie R. Stewart Cheeves (1874 - 1960)*
  Reba J. Cheeves Warner (1900 - 1969)*
  Samuel Whitfield Cheeves (1907 - 1931)*
  Frank Stewart Cheeves (1909 - 1951)*
  Thomas Alexander Cheeves (1855 - 1943)*
  Mary Delaney Cheeves Moore (1857 - 1932)*
  Patrick E Cheeves (1864 - 1918)*
  Stephen Whitfield Cheeves (1868 - 1930)
  Rebecca C. Cheeves Rogers (1872 - 1944)*
  Samuel W. Cheeves (1875 - 1893)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
Milam County
Texas, USA
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Record added: Feb 02, 2011
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You were married to my grandfather's sister... rest peacefully dear loved one as I continue adding to my ancestry each time I find another.
- Carolyn
 Added: Feb. 4, 2011

- Kevin McCulloch
 Added: Sep. 30, 2013

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