Betty Lou Shute blessed this world when she was born in Port Arthur Tx, on Friday, August 20, 1948. She left this world and went to her forever home on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. She was the second child born to Stella (Badeaux) and W.H. “Bill” Cheatwood. She will be celebrated with a visitation at, Calvary Baptist Church, in Deweyville Texas on Monday, March 22, 2021 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 pm with Brother John Fortenberry officiating. Interment will follow services at, Deweyville Cemetery. Attending as pallbearers are, Bobby Summers, Cody Knott, T.J. Hardin, John Hardin, Joey Guidry and Ryan Sowell. Honorary pallbearers are, George Leavings and Bubba Walton. Services are under the direction of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange, Texas.
Betty lived with her family in Little Cypress, Texas area until her sophomore year. She finished her high school career at Deweyville when the family moved to the “Devil’s Pocket “community. She was a tomboy and a daddy’s girl, spending many hours tagging along after her father, wherever he would go. Through her lifetime, she worked as a waitress at Ruth’s Café, clerk at Kwik Pantry and cafeteria manager at Deweyville Elementary. Her job at Deweyville allowed her to become ‘Aunt Betty’ to many. Needless to say, she did not meet a stranger. She was a long-time member of, Calvary Baptist Church, where she loved to sing in the cantatas, hear her country preacher, John Fortenberry, preach, listen to David strum his guitar and sing, and be in fellowship with her church family. She loved Jesus and her church and wasn’t afraid to tell you.
Betty’s favorite sport to play was basketball. She was a hustler and go getter on the court. Enough so that she was awarded a spot her Junior and Senior year on the all-state team as a point guard. She was always very proud of her basketball accomplishments. Her athleticism is a true legacy she has passed down to her “Cheatwood” littles. She also LOVED to watch her Saints play football, win or lose. One of her favorites Saints moment was when she went to a game in New Orleans with Linda, Jacob, Dallas and Rossyn.
Many loved ones crossed the pearly gates before her. Her much-loved “BABE” Wallace Shute, husband of almost 34 years, will be the first in line to greet her. Oh how she has missed him. Her mother & father, Brother Richard “Doe Doe”, William Lane “Bud”, Sister Barbara Nell, her beloved Aunt Pee Wee, her precious cousin Judy, her niece Leslie, and “little sister” as well as a host of other relatives and dear friends who will rejoice to see her again.
Her loved ones left to cherish her memory include, her partner in crime, her sidekick, and caregiver, her daughter Linda Smith & husband Donnie, her defender & baby boy Bennett “Man” Hatcher & wife “daughter in love” Michelle, Sister Linda Woodard, husband Hubert, Brother Danny Cheatwood, wife Fi, brother Glen Cheatwood, sisters in law Angie, Hattie Mae, Virginia, Laverne, Rita Anne, Lurla Faye, and brothers in Law James and Forest Ray. Her grands, as she called them, were the light of her life and she would fiercely defend them with everything in her. Jacob, aka “Presh”, and Samantha, “Sweet Sam”, have always known MawMaw had their back no matter what. She took pride in everything they did and she loved them to the moon and back. She always said she was blessed to have these two so many years apart so she could enjoy each of them during different phases of her life. Jacob and Sam both enjoyed MawMaw time, Jacob, always talking to her about her Saints and Sam singing at the top of their lungs and dancing to Cajun music, Bob Seger and Prince. Then there are her greats, as she called them, Rossyn, & Kimber. That light for her grands overflowed for her greats. She often called, Rossyn “Bay Bay”, her hero because of his perseverance and Kimber, her sour patch “sissy girl”, who kept Betty laughing all the time!
Anytime the family was together, you can bet there would be a heated discussion about the Cowboys and the Saints! Betty was a tell it like it is type of person. Randi, Nicki, Lexi, Daniel, Dallas, Alyssa, Jaycee & Haylee Summers knew they better act right or be ready to have a sit down on her, “Come to Jesus”, porch! And oh my goodness, the host of other nieces, nephews, grands in love, and her babies at the school. There was always room in her heart and she loved them all.
The family would like to thank those who reached out in support and love. You each have made this time a little less unbearable. In lieu of flowers, please donate to either Calvary Baptist Church or MD Anderson.
This world will not be the same without her laugh, her smile and her spunkiness. I know every person that knew and loved her will always have fond memories to share. Until we see you again Betty Lou……..“Just Sayin”.
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