John Marshall Cheatwood passed away December 24, 2018 at his home “Aaron Hill” in Rappahannock County after a briefIllness. He was born on December 20, 1956 in Alexandria, Virginia to William Hunt and Annie Mae Arrington Cheatwood. Mr. Cheatwood was predeceased by his parents and a niece, Annie Rose Cheatwood. John grew up in Warrenton, Va. 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, Coral Gables and Emory and Henry College.
Later he graduated with a MBA 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 the state of 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 (SOC) 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, his niece Sallie Pisch and her husband Charles Parker. A memorial service will be held at one o’clock, Saturday December 29that Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville, Virginia. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to SOC of Maryland 5603 Durbin Road Bethesda, MD 20814 or the Amissville Volunteer Fire Department, Amissville, Virginia.