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Obituaries for Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002

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Services for Mattie Ruth Armstrong Cheatham will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jason Bird officiating. Burial will be in Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Cheatham, 78, of Meridian, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2002, at Queen City Nursing Center. She was a member of Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church. She was a clerk for many years at Christopher Grocery.
Survivors include her husband, Ross Cheatham of Meridian; a daughter, Vicki Lockhart of Dalewood; a son, Ross Cheatham Jr. and his wife, Janice, of Jackson; a grandson, Ben Lockhart of Meridian; and a granddaughter, Chesnee Thornton and her husband, Brad, of Star.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Otis Armstrong; and a sister, Sarah Jones.
Pallbearers will be James Haggard, Donald Lewis, Travis Cheatham, Clois Cheatham, Emmitt Bolton, Jerry McKee, Tommy Luke and Bobby Armstrong.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of Hamasa Patrol and the Joe Chamber's Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be today from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
COLUMBIA, S.C. Services for Jennifer Brewer Mungo will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, with the Rev. Father James F. Lyon IV officiating. Burial will be in Bush River Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Dunbar Funeral Home Dutch Fork Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Mungo, 52, of Columbia, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2002, in Columbia. She was born Jan. 23, 1950, in Meridian, the daughter of Martha P. Brewer and the late James C. Brewer Sr. She graduated from Zach Huggings High School with high honors and later received her bachelor's and master's degrees in speech language pathology from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Following several years of practice as a speech pathologist, she began teaching at Columbia College in 1977 where she was recently notified she would be awarded the Medallion Award, Columbia College's Board of Trustees' highest award for service to the college.
In addition, she was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina and served as the 1997-98 president of the South Carolina Speech-Language Hearing Association. She received two of the highest honors of this professional association, the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Outstanding Teaching and Clinical Service and the Frank G. Kleffner Award for Career Achievement. With the support of the Columbia Sertoma Club, Mrs. Mungo established a student chapter of this service organization devoted to speech and hearing. She served as its advisor until her retirement this year.
During her 25 years at Columbia College, Mrs. Mungo built strong relationships with her students who continue to view her as a role model in their careers. She taught and mentored many of South Carolina's practicing speech-language therapists and was well known at local elementary schools observing and guiding her student teachers. She firmly believed speech and language were critical factors in the communication process of learning, and established a volunteer program using her students to evaluate and teach speech and language to children at Saint Lawrence Place, Trinity Cathedral's transitional housing complex.
Mrs. Mungo believed in humane animal welfare and opened her heart and home to animals in need. Her life's ambition was to be a friend and she worked tirelessly to encourage and support other women with breast cancer.
She enjoyed traveling, all sports, and residing at her beach house where she could often be found looking for loggerhead turtle nests in the spring and summer. She will be remembered by all for her generosity, grace and compassion as well as her bright and courageous spirit.
Mrs. Mungo's family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Dr. Robert Smith for his many years of compassionate and professional care. They also express their gratitude to the staff of the Palmetto Baptist Campus of the South Carolina Cancer Center for their wonderful care over the last ten years.
Survivors include her husband, Michael J. Mungo and a son, Stephen A. Lewis, both of Columbia; her mother, Martha P. Brewer; a brother, James C. Brewer Jr. and his wife, Susan; and nieces, Elizabeth and Claire Brewer, all of Shubuta.
Memorials may be made to Palmetto Baptist Campus of the South Carolina Cancer Center, c/o Palmetto Health Foundation, 9 Richland Park Drive, Suite 600, Columbia, SC 29203.
Graveside services for Donnie R. Easterwood will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Easterwood, 49, of Laurel, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2002, at South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel.
Survivors include his father, Charles M. Easterwood of Meridian.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Leroy Culpepper, 86, of Meridian, who died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, at Benchmark Health Care.