Obituary of Charles Emmett Cheever (1928 – 2021) – San Antonio, TX
click here to watch the livestream Charles Emmett Cheever, Jr., banker, civic leader, philanthropist and family man, died on October 29, 2021 of complications from a stroke at the age of 93. He was born on a military base in Manila, Philippines, on May 17, 1928, where his parents, Colonel Charles E. Cheever, Sr. and Elizabeth “Betty” Daley Cheever, were stationed.
Charlie was a 1949 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a 1957 graduate of the University of Texas Law School. As a kid in the military, he went to four high schools in four years but never graduated (a fact his children always mentioned when he criticized their report cards). After being instructed by West Point to study Russian, he quietly exchanged with a classmate for French, but he couldn’t speak a word of either. But he knew how to fly – he was an Air Force flight instructor and Air Force Reserve lieutenant colonel – at the controls of the T-6, F-51, T-33, F-80 and F-86. .
Calm but confident, he met the sociable Sally McKinney on a blind date in 1950 while stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base, and they married two years later. They had six children: Suzanne Goudge (Jim), Cece Cheever (Tim McHugh), Jean Cheever, Joan Cheever (Dennis Quinn), Charlie Cheever III (Regina) and Christopher Cheever, all of whom survive her. Sally died in 2004. He is also survived by his sister, Jane Cheever Powell and nine grandchildren – Sara Goudge Brouillard, Carrie Goudge Dyer, Cy Goudge, Kate Goudge Ankumah; Daley and Austin Quinn; Helen, Hope and Emmett Cheever; ten great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews of Prescott and McKinney.
Charlie intended to practice law in Sally’s hometown of El Paso, Texas, but the largest law firm there offered him half of Sally’s teacher’s salary, so his parents told Charlie “If you’re going to starve this way we can starve you” and so on four kids under three, he accepted their offer and started Broadway Bank as a vice president and never looked back.
Charlie was elected president in 1961, president and chief executive officer in 1982 and president emeritus on his retirement in 2005. He worked to create an environment of innovation, by extending the hours of operation of the engine of the bank of 7 6 p.m. to 6 p.m. and opening on Saturdays, which resulted in Broadway The expulsion of the bank from the San Antonio Clearing House in 1961. Charlie guided the bank through the brutal recession of the late 1980s and personally took charge of Broadway’s Problem Loans and Special Assets division, temporarily resigning from his leadership role to become a tough practice. man. Thanks to Charlie’s persistence, tenacity and commitment, Broadway Bank survived this economic downturn.
Throughout his life, Charlie has embraced the spirit of giving back to the community, which his parents instilled in him, and which he and Sally instilled in their children. A devout Catholic, he was a member of the Saint-Antoine de Padoue Catholic Church. Charlie has served as co-chair of fundraising campaigns for the San Fernando Cathedral Restoration Project, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, KLRN’s Connect the Vision Campaign, the Challenger Learning Center at San Antonio Community College, and the Army Residence Community. He was a laureate of the National Conference of Christians and Jews and was emeritus administrator of the University of the Incarnate Word. He also enjoyed serving as Chairman Emeritus of the University of Texas Health Sciences Center Advisory Board for the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics and a Trustee of the Southwest Research Institute.
He was passionate about his civic involvement, including serving as chairman of the Bexar County Hospital District, the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, and the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, as well as campaign chair for United Way of San Antonio and Director Emeritus of Project Quest. He was the founding co-chair of the San Antonio Education Partnership (along with his friends Tom Frost from Frost Bank and Mayor Henry Cisneros, all of whom believed education was the key to economic growth and a way out of poverty) . He was a lifelong learner. In 1988, when he was named president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, a local radio station offered an award to any listener who could repeat “Charming Chamber Chairman Charlie Cheever” 10 times without making a mistake. In 2004, Charlie had the honor of being elected to the San Antonio Business Hall of Fame and in 2016 to the Texas Bankers Hall of Fame and the Texas Business Hall of Fame.
In banking, Charlie has served as president of the Texas Banker Association, director of the San Antonio branch of the Federal Reserve, and regional director of the American Bankers Association. When he joined Broadway Bank, total deposits stood at just over $ 11 million with just one location; Due to his vision, excellent management team and innovation, Broadway Bank’s assets reached $ 5 billion with 32 branches.
After Sally’s death, Charlie reunited with his college sweetheart from the University of the Incarnate Word and in 2005 he married widow Nancy Jones Shary of Mission, Texas. She survives him with her children, John Shary, Bob Shary (Shannon), Mike Shary (Gretchen), LizAnn Orr (Bill), Mici Graham (Brad); his twelve grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren. His daughter, Jane “Vaughn” Morris (Dave) passed away in 2018. They loved Charlie and Charlie loved them all.
Nancy and Charlie have spent many years traveling the world and months in vacation homes in Ruidoso, New Mexico and its beloved Port Aransas, Texas. They cherished their friends and loved to celebrate with them on their annual Valentine’s Day party.
The family would like to thank her caregivers, Madeline Rodriguez and Nancy’s daughter, Mici Graham.
Father David Garcia and Father Kevin Shanahan, MSC, officiant.
Charlie will be buried in a private service at Fort. Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, Charlie, Nancy and the Cheever family would be greatly honored by a donation on her behalf to the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (Campership Fund or greater need), 811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio 78216, The Society of St Vincent de Paul, PO Box 831074, San Antonio, 78283, or donate to the charity of your choice. https://www.facebook.com/STADPLiturgies/videos/1610893435913608/click here to see the livestream
Posted by Porter Loring Mortuary North on Nov 26, 2021.