Arkansas Soldier Killed

July 29, 2003  - Posted at 7:11 a.m. CDT

CAMDEN,Ark.  --People who knew Jonathan Cheatham of Camden, who was killed in Iraq over the weekend, remember him as a model of perseverance. As a member of the marching band at Camden Fairview High School, Cheatham didn't miss Friday night football game even when he suffered a fractured elbow.

His mother, Doctor Barbara Porchial, said Private First Class Jonathan Marshall Cheatham was killed Saturday when his convoy was attacked west of Baghdad near the Abu Ghraib prison.

Porchia says her son had a talent for accomplishing his goals. Porchia was notified of the news yesterday. She said her son had enlisted with the Army Reserves shortly after graduating high school in 2002.

Cheatham had only been in the unit in Pine Bluff for a month before being called to active duty. His mother said he was excited about serving and had a positive attitude. Cheatham played high school soccer and was at the top of the trumpet section in the band.

Camden Fairview Principal Wilma House said students will be hurt when they hear about Cheatham's death. Kee said Cheatham was very talented and outgoing and had several college scholarship offers but chose to enter the military instead. She said Cheatham felt was though he could make a difference in the military.

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