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07/08/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Alline Cheatham Hixson

Alline Cheatham Hixson
(28 Oct 1917 - 2 July 2008)

Morrison High School Class of 1934

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  
Once more we bring you sad news.  Alline Cheatham Hixson, mother of 
Candy Hixson Whitley (Ferguson HS - '68) of VA and mother-in-law of         David Whitley ('67) of VA, passed away at home on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at the age of 90. 

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 07/07/08:

... Candy's Mom died Wednesday afternoon. I got a call at about 1400 hrs, rushed home ... (but she had died) before I got there... I don't think they've submitted a full-fledged obit yet, because the memorial service will be near the end of the month (she was cremated)...

She was 90, had just gone to get her hair done 3 or 4 days prior, and went in her sleep. I should be so lucky! Of course it's sad for her kids/grandkids/friends/etc., but all in all, a good long life, mostly healthy, and independent to the end (she lived by herself & died in her apartment)!

   Oh, David,  I am so sorry!  Please give Candy and your daughters my deepest sympathies.

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 07/08/08:

I got the info on Candy's Ma.....

She didn't have time (for outside interests). Her husband Berlin, died on their anniversary during a trip to visit relatives in Tennessee when Candy & her 2 sisters were just tots. Imagine, being so far from home, with 3 little ones, on vacation, on the day of your wedding anniversary, having to deal with arrangements for his transportation back, and having to drive all that way after explaining to the kids their daddy isn't coming back. I can't imagine.

Anyhoo, as you might guess, Alline got busy working to put food on the table, make house payments, put 3 kids through school & raising them to adulthood, by herself. She truly was an amazing woman and a wonderful example to women (and men!) long before the push for women's equality and such, was popular. Sorry to get on my soapbox, but she deserved all the praise you ever could heap on a woman. Heck, woman OR man. Plus, God bless her, she lived independently and on her own until she died at 93, despite having a cat and being legally blind (Alline, not the cat).

   No, I absolutely cannot fathom such a thing!  What an amazing woman she must have been!  Thank you again, David.  We'll update this as necessary, and keep you and Candy and your family in our hearts and prayers.

From the Daily Press - 07/20/08:

  Alline Cheatham Hixson
    NEWPORT NEWS - Alline Cheatham Hixson, 90, the most amazing woman God ever placed on earth, was called back to her Heavenly home on Wednesday, July 2, 2008.

She was born in Newport News on Oct. 28, 1917, to Edward and Mary Cheatham. Her early years were spent growing up in Hilton Village. She attended Hilton Elementary and Morrison High School, before attending business school. She worked as a bookkeeper for Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Nick Allen Buick, Suttle Motor Co. and Rosenbaum Hardware, before beginning a family. In 1947. she married Berlin Lee Hixson. from Erwin, Tenn. She stayed at home raising her three beloved daughters, Candy, Debby and Tracey, until her husband died unexpectedly in 1963. while on vacation, which was their 16th wedding anniversary. In order to support the family, she became employed with the Newport News school system as a bookkeeper to the Director of Food Services.

Retiring in 1986, she had many interests over the years. She loved to play golf and bridge. Mom served as president of the Woodland Garden Club in Hidenwood and won many awards for flower arranging. She also had a passionate love for people and had friends too numerous to name. She loved to go anywhere and always got up every morning and dressed to the 'nines' should someone call her to go for lunch or shopping, or just stop by for a visit. One thing she never missed was getting her hair done every week by her friend of more than 30 years, Lorraine.

Mom's greatest joy was her family who she loved as must as it was possible to love anyone and did it equally-all were special to her. She was very proud of her children, their husbands. who were 'sons' to her, the eight grandchildren and their spouses and the 'apples of her eye', the six little great-grandchildren.

She touched the lives of many, from the maintenance man where she lived to the gentle sweet man who delivered her Meals on Wheels. Some years ago, when work was being done outside her apartment community, she would sneak over and leave a 6 pack of cold drinks under the tree for the men as they got off work. She would also take meals to neighbors who were sick or if they just liked something she made. She was famous for her spaghetti, pimento cheese and potato salad, just to name a few. She derived immense pleasure from cooking for others and was not happy when she could no longer do it. She was always a happy person and when asked how she was doing, it was not uncommon to hear her say 'If I felt any better, I'd take something for it'.

Mom had two brothers, Randolph and Earl; a sister, Margaret; and her special friends, Bob Stuart and Shirley Stevens, who had recently preceded her, and welcomed her back home to Heaven.

Left to cherish her memories are her three daughters, Candace 'Candy' Whitley and husband, David, Deborah 'Debby' Eure and husband, Tommy and Tracey Smith and husband, Dale; eight grandchildren, Taylor McAvoy and husband, Joe, Cameron Bringhurst and husband, Seth, Blair Guerreiro and husband, Ricky, Drew Whitley, Josh Huff, Mitchell Smith and Brandy, Clint Smith and Emily Smith; six great-grandchildren, Jackson and Samuel McAvoy, Parker and Charlotte Bringhurst, and Brayden and Alivia Smith; two special nephews, Ranny and Alline Cheatham and Earl and Chung Cheatham; many grandnieces and grandnephews and her dear friends, Anne Clark, Liz Knies, Joanne and Pinky Pinkerton and Nancy Wall, who all were very special to her, as was Mary Whitley, who is Candy's mother-in-law, they always had a great friendship. She also counted Tracey's father-in-law, Marcus Smith, as a special friend, as well as Carol Parks-Mom wouldn't have known what to do without her. She is also survived by her special companion, her cat Bootsey; grand-dogs, Clover, Bessie and Stella; grand-cats, Zoe, Tabasco, Rebecca and Marmalade and grand-horse, Image.

She loved her doctors, Dr. Fred Robinson, Dr. William Ervine and Dr. John Perry and her nurse angels, Shanna and Christy. The family would like to thank Dr. Poitras of Riverside Regional Medical Center, Dr. Perry and Dr. Weiner and the staff of Peninsula Pulmonary Associates and Riverside Hospice, who are amazing and who provided her dear sweet angel nurse, Sandi, whom without her help, we would have never made it through the last few weeks. The family also wishes to thank the other nurses and staff, Lynette, Marianne and Eleni.

An opportunity to visit with the family will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 25, 2008, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A memorial service to honor our mother will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2008 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A-102, Newport News, VA 23606 or an animal or rescue shelter of your choice.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on 7/20/2008.
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Sunday, July 20, 2008

I would like to publicly thank my sister Candy for writing Mom's obituary. It is only fitting that the "most amazing woman on earth" has the most amazingly beautiful obituary ever written.

All my love,


Debby Eure, Lanexa, Virginia Contact Me


Sunday, July 20, 2008


This is Peggy McBride Davenport from your Ferguson glass and also a friend when we were growing up. Sorry to read about your Mom. I know how hard this can be as I lost My Dad in December after an illness. I know that your mother is in a better place just like my Dad and that really gives me peace and hope you will have peace also. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.


Peggy Davenport, Chandler, Arizona


Sunday, July 20, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Cheryl Stratton, Williamsburg, Virginia


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Candy, Debby, and Tracey:
I remember your mom well. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Barbara

Barbara E. Tyner, Lumberton, North Carolina Contact Me


Sunday, July 20, 2008

My Mom was "the most amazing person I have ever known and will ever know". Life as I knew it will never be the same. I will love you forever.....

I would also like to thank my sister Candy for a very fitting obituary as well. No one could have said it better.

Love always,


Tracey Smith, Newport News, Virginia Contact Me


Sunday, July 20, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She was a wonderful lady who raised 3 fantastic girls. Let me know if I can do anything to help.

Michael Peck, Yorktown, Virginia


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Candy, Debby, and Tracey,
I'm really sorry to hear of your mom's death. There are no words I can say that will make you feel better, but know I know how difficult it is. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Your mom was a wonderful person. Keep her in your thoughts and she'll always be with you. Happy memories keep her in your hearts. Take care,

Amy Meyer Nottidge, Haymarket, Virginia Contact Me


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Debby and Family, I am so sorry to hear about your mom and want to extend my deepest sympathies. I think the obituary was beautifully written and my heart goes out to you all.

Beth Thomas, Ashland, Virginia


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Debby, Tracey, & Candy, Remember your amazing Mom as a caring, strong, loving lady. She certainly passed those traits on to each of you! Love, Sally

Sarah Perkins, Richmond, Virginia

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Candy, Debby, and Tracey:
I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Hixson through Debby. What a delightful woman! The light that shone brightly in her, now shines in you all. Cherish your memories of her and her legacy lives in you. May God be with your family. Our deepest sympathies

The Soule Family - Andre, Eboni, & D'mtri

Eboni Soule, Williamsburg, Virginia

Monday, July 21, 2008

Debby - Please tell Candy she did a great job with the obituary. ! In addition to your Mom's accomplishments, it was clear that you girls adored her, and she you. You should all be proud.
Nancy Evans

Nancy Evans, Yorktown, Virginia

Monday, July 21, 2008

Alline was very special to me. I have many fond memories of my visits with Liz and Alline. I will miss her and will always appreciate having her in my life.
Kim Keatts Agnor

Kimberly Agnor, Danville, Virginia Contact Me


   Once again, our sincerest condolences are extended to Candy and David as well as to the entire Hixson family and their friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

How Great Thou Art

Originally a Swedish folk melody, "O Store Gud" by Carl Boberg (1859-1940)
was translated by Stuart K. Hine in 1899.

O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

"How Great Thou Art" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 07/08/08

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Ferguson High School's Anchor Logo clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

Pastel Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/24/06

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