John Marshall Cheatwood, 62, passed away December 24, 2018, at his home “Aaron Hill” in Rappahannock County, after a brief Illness.
He was born December 20, 1956, in Alexandria, to to the late William Hunt and Annie Mae Arrington Cheatwood.
John grew up in Warrenton and graduated from Fauquier High School, where he played and lettered in football, tennis and theatre. He was also a state champion in prose reading. John attended the University of Miami at Coral Gables and Emory and Henry College.
Later he earned a master’s in business administration from Strayer University. Mr. Cheatwood was renowned in the field of real estate title insurance, not only at a local level, but also statewide. He ran several title agencies before founding his own, Closing Connection, in 2004. His attention to detail and easygoing personality helped many people on the path to homeownership across Virginia.
John served on various real estate/business organizations in Fauquier, Fredericksburg, and Charlottesville. Mr. Cheatwood’s interests included historical preservation, genealogy and the art of storytelling, in which he entertained school aged children in local libraries as well as adults in various civic organizations. John was a member of the Warrenton United Methodist Church, Young Men’s Business Club and Redland Club of Charlottesville. He was also a member in good standing of The Society of the Cincinnati of Maryland.
John had a tremendous personality that entertained his family and countless friends. He is a gentleman that will forever be remembered by his Southern charm, conservative views and signature bow tie.
Mr. Cheatwood is survived by his beloved wife of 33 years, Sarah Hampton Massie Cheatwood; his two sons, John Marshall Massie Cheatwood and Brooke Roberts Massie Cheatwood; his sister, Paula Ann Cheatwood, and his niece, Sallie Pisch and her husband Charles Parker.
He was predeceased by a niece, Annie Rose Cheatwood.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday December 29, at Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville.
Memorial contributions can be made to The Society of the Cincinnati of Maryland, 5603 Durbin Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20814 or the Amissville Volunteer Fire Department, 14711 Lee Highway, Amissville, Va. 20106.
Online condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com