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MSG Melvin Gene Cheeley

August 25, 1958 ~ March 16, 2020 (age 61)

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Master Sergeant Melvin Gene Cheeley

United States Army, Retired

August 25, 1958 - March 16, 2020

Melvin G. Cheeley age 61, known as "Cheeley", of Sierra Vista, AZ was born August 25 1958 in Warrenton, GA passed away peacefully, yet unexpectedly, in his home on March 16, 2020. Cheeley retired from the United States Army after nearly 23 years as a Master Sergeant and continued to serve as a DoD civil servant until his death. He was highly respected by many around the world and positively touched countless lives. In his free time he enjoyed gardening and chasing around his 2 year old granddaughter, whom he called "Ladybug". One of his greatest accomplishments was guiding his 2 daughters throughout life and all its labyrinths, and he was never afraid to profess his pride in them to anyone who would listen.

He is preceded in death by his mother Era Shealey, Aunt Betty Worthy and Uncles Earnest Lee Cheeley and Kenneth Cheeley, and his beloved grandmother Pearl Cheeley.

Cheeley will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 38 years, Manuela and his children Jessica (Brandie and 2 sons Neville and Nehemiah) and Jasmine (Izell and daughter Zaria). He will forever remembered by numerous brothers/sisters, aunts/uncles, nieces/nephews and extended family and dear friends in Georgia and around the globe.

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