Charlie was born Oct. 16, 1908 in Lockhart. Charlie moved to Live Oak County as a boy in 1912. Several years later, he moved back to Lockhart. Charlie and Hezzie Cochran Cheatham were married on Feb. 2, 1931 in Lockhart. Then, Charlie and Hezzie moved to Live Oak County in 1934. Charlie was a farmer-rancher and he continued to drive a tractor through his early 90’s. He has been a deacon at the Whitsett Baptist Church for over 50 years. In addition to raising their children, Hezzie enjoyed teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for more than 50 years. Both Charlie and Hezzie enjoyed growing a vegetable garden every year until they were in their 90’s. Hezzie passed away on June 17, 2006.
Charlie and Hezzie have seven children: Charlene Huggins Clyburn (who passed away on May 12, 2002), Mary Ann Cheatham and George Edward Cheatham (both died as infants), Edwina Harkins, Cleo New, Theo Pilgrim and Les Cheatham. Charlie and Hezzie also have 20 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and 18 great-great grandchildren.
Charlie and Hezzie’s daughter, Charlene Huggins Clyburn and Otto Huggins (who passed away in 1972) have two children: Joanna Crawford and Meredith Huggins. Their daughter Joanna is married to Dennis Crawford. They have two children, Kimberly Dawn and Luke. Kimberly Dawn is married to Abram Trevino and they are expecting a son in January. Luke and wife Krystal have one daughter, Kenedi. Meredith and wife Vanessa have four children: Amy (who passed away in 1989), Cody, Joshua and Jonathan. Cody and his wife Destiny have a child, Aimee Renee. In 1975, Charlene married Truman Clyburn. Truman has one son, Craig. Craig has two children, Brandon and Texana. Charlie and Hezzie’s daughter, Edwina and husband Harvey Harkins have five children: Sharee, Mike, Debbie, Brigitte and Ember. Sharee Cantrell has three children, Suzanne, Brooke and Garrett. Sharee’s daughter, Suzanne and husband John Hickey have four children, Christian, Jillian, Morgan and Grayson. Her daughter Brooke and husband Billy Cable have one child, Chase. Garrett and Dalon are expecting a child in January. Edwina and Harvey’s son, Mike, has two children, Chad and Adam. Chad is married to Ashley and they have a son, Jake and are expecting a baby in June. Adam is married to Karri. Debbie and husband Craig Fitzhugh have three children, Heath, Brandy and Jennifer. Heath and wife Summer have two children, Craig, Jr. and Cadence. Brandy and husband Frankie Kelske have two children, Kylie and Jacob and are expecting a third child in January. Jenifer has three children, Jeremy, Sydney and Samantha. Brigitte and husband Gordon Parker have five children, Travis, Alicia, Cheyenne, Cristy and Sheryl. Travis and wife Stephanie have a son, Hurley. Cheyenne and husband Trey have a daughter, Andi Edwina. Ember and husband Ricky Concepcion have three children, Alexander, Isabella and Elisa. Charlie and Hezzie’s daughter, Cleo and husband Ronnie New have three daughters, Leann, Lisa and Dana. Leann has one son, Cameron Griffith. Lisa and husband Duane Hall have a daughter, Peyton. Dana and husband Kendall Dunlap have two children, Kendra and Parker. Charlie and Hezzie’s daughter, Theo and husband Jim Pilgrim have six children, Rhonda, Jess, George, Charlie, Mike and Ronnie. Rhonda and husband Rick Mylnar have two sons, Ty and Jake. Jess and Pam Pilgrim have two daughters, Kahlie and Shannon. George and Lisa Pilgrim have one son, Luke. Charlie and Krystal Pilgrim have a daughter, Mackenzie and a son, Preston. Mike is married to Brooke and they have a daughter, Eleanor Kay. They are expecting a second child in May. Ronnie’s wife is Mandy. Charlie and Hezzie’s son, Les and wife Annie Belle have four children, Shane, Jason, Otto and Julie. Shane is married to Michele. Shane has one daughter, Ashley. Ashley and Clayton Magill have a daughter, Adisen Taylor. Jason and wife Kimberly have two sons, Cade and Jaxon. Otto and wife Karey have three children, Dylan, Kaelan and Beau Aidan. Julie is married to Marcel Kroschk.
The family has a total of 123 members with five more expected this next year.