Landon Scott Cheatham

Landon Scott Cheatham
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Landon Scott “Buddy” Cheatham, 41, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Baptist Medical Center Nassau.

On Tuesday, February 7, 1978 at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md., Landon Scott Cheatham was born to Mr. Leon Scott Cheatham and the late Mrs. Jennie Maybell Cheatham. After a three-month stay in the NICU, Landon’s father gave him a name that would stick with him forever and it was Buddy.

Buddy was born into a military family in which moving was a normal part of life, but in 1990 he and his family moved to Fernandina Beach, a place he would call home for the rest of his adult life. Upon coming to Fernandina, Buddy would attend middle school and finally graduate from Fernandina Beach High School, Class of 1996. During his school career, Buddy made many friends that would follow him throughout his adult life.

After graduation, Buddy found a love for painting and construction work, which he did for a living. Buddy was also a member of the Dune Buggy Brothers. It is said that Buddy was never able to really sit still so he was involved in many other activities that he loved such as riding four-wheelers, fishing, skateboarding, and, among many other things, playing his PlayStation.

Buddy, the once little boy his parents treasured, was now becoming a man they will always be proud of. He was a very unique person and even after being sick and going through the loss of his mother, Jennie, he was still able to see the bright side of everything.

In June of 2018, his bright personality attracted the love of his life, Rachel Dufresne. Knowing that he had found the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, Buddy went to his sister to tell her he would be asking Rachel to marry him. Unfortunately, his time had come to an end, never having the chance to propose. Never having the chance to wed, he leaves not a widow but the love of his life whose heart he has marked with an unchanging love and left her with precious memories that will never fade.

Buddy also leaves behind a loving father, Mr. Leon Scott Cheatham, whose unending love for him reaches beyond his absence, and his sister, Cristal Lea Nash and husband Don, whom he loved and cherished and leaves with fond memories of their childhood together. He leaves a very special stepmother, Mrs. Kay Cheatham, who cared deeply for him as he did for her and was there for him as much as any mother could ever be. He leaves two nieces, Elizabeth Newcomb and husband Eric and Victoria Smith and husband Clay, as well as two nephews, Daniel Nash and Aric Nash. Buddy also leaves behind his four-legged best friend and companion, Jefry, along with a host of other friends and family.

Services to commemorate Buddy will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2019 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors. His family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until the hour of the service.

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Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors


Mailing Address:
PO Box 16766
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

Physical Address:
511 Ash Street

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Phone: (904) 261-3696
Fax: (904) 261-3698