Lola Asay Cheatham
July 16, 1935 – July 7, 2015
A double funeral service for Dwain Smith Cheatham and Lola Phyllis Asay Cheatham was held July 8 at the LDS Church in Powell.
Dwain, 83, died July 1, and Phyllis, 79, died July 7, at the Powell Valley Care Center.
Dwain was born June 21, 1932, in Byron, the son of Raymond Barlow Cheatham Sr. and Rebecca Inez Smith Cheatham and was raised on Shell Creek. He attended school in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School in 1950.
Phyllis was born July 16, 1935, in Lovell, the daughter of Reed Asay and Lucy Alice Neves, the fourth of nine children. She received her education in Lovell and graduated from Lovell High School in 1953.
Dwain and Phyllis were married Dec. 17, 1952. Dwain served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman for two years after his marriage. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Montana College in 1961 and taught English at Powell High School for many years.
Phyllis was a talented teacher and served in many capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was an accomplished seamstress and quilter.
Dwain and Phyllis served a mission in Nevada for the LDS Church from 1994-95.
Dwain was an avid fisherman, hunter and trapper. He loved writing poetry and visiting with family. He learned to fiddle in his late 50s and was active in fiddling groups, including The Travelors; he was performing with them the night before he died.
Dwain and Phyllis are survived by their five children and their spouses: Kim and Marie Cheatham of Washington, Bruce and Colleen Hawkins of Arkansas, Kendel and JoAnn Cheatham of Powell, Karl and Sally Cheatham of Utah and Sam and Camille Taylor of Alaska; 22 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
Dwain is also survived by one brother, Clair Cheatham of Greybull.
His two sisters, Gwen Johannesen and Norma Jones and two brothers, Raymond Cheatham and Francis Cheatham, preceded Dwain in death.
Phyllis was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Asay and Reed Asay, and two sisters, Carol Asay and Della Asay.
In addition to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she is survived by her brother, Ted Asay of Las Vegas and three sisters, Carla Lowe of Toquerville, Utah, LuAnn Brandt of Heber City, Utah, and Cheri Frary of Virginia.