We, the children and grandchildren of one we loved and truly appreciated, Mrs. Bernice P. Ealey Cheatham, gives thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing us with 91 fruitful, blessed and fond years of life with our loving Mother and devoted grandmother and also thanks our many loving relatives and compassionate friends over the many years that shared in the bridge of love that she shared with all of us. She was a resident of 1599 Wire Road, Aiken, and a gracious homemaker. We cordially invite you to share in the funeral services in her loving honor at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at the Crown Christian Church International, 720 Edgefield Road, North Augusta, with the Rev. Westley Guyton officiating. The interment will be held at the H.G. Cheatham Sr. Estate Memorial Gardens, Wire Road, Aiken. Mrs. Cheatham, a native of Aiken County, was a member of the Randall Branch Baptist Church, Aiken, in which she served in the capacity as the mother of the church for numerous years. She also frequently attended worship service with her children and grandchildren at Crown Christian Church International, which she also enjoyed very much. She was a former employee of the Aiken Community Hospital before retiring. She was the bridge that mended most of her family and friends together. Her memory will never be forgotten. She truly loved God, lived by and taught his word as an example to her family, and for this we give thanks. She was a blessing to have as our own. Now she has gone to meet with her family that has gone on before her - her husband, George; her children, Horace Sr., Rosemary and Larry; a grandson, Audous; her parents, George and Mary Clary Ealey; and her sister, Horace Mae Williams. Mrs. Cheatham, who was being attended to at home by her daughters and granddaughter, quietly listened to God's whisper and answered to him at 10:27 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, leaving behind her legacy of love and guidance to her survivors: two sons, J. Edward Cheatham of Warrenville and Richard D. Cheatham (Catherine) of Aiken; three daughters, Edith "Edie" D. Cheatham Walls of Columbus, Ohio, Annette D. Cheatham and Donna M. Cheatham, both of Aiken; 11 grandchildren of which three she reared in her home as her children, Horace Jr., Douglas and Angela; 14 great-grandchildren, several humbled nephews and nieces and devoted cousins whom she truly adored and a host of gracious friends over the many bountiful years of life that she called her family and favored so very much. Again, we are eternally grateful for each of you. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, from 5 until 8 p.m., at which time light refreshments will be served as we fellowship with you in her loving honor. The remains will be placed into the church on Wednesday from noon until the hour of service. Cheatham Funeral Homes Inc., 3187 Augusta Road (Highway 421), Langley, 593-0660, is in charge of arrangements.