Rommie Burns Cheshier

Rommie Burns Cheshier, 51, died peacefully in the arms of his wife on January 20, 2022, at their home in Franklin, Tennessee, after a courageous battle of cancer.

Rommie was born on November 1, 1970, in Monticello, to Mary Lynn Cheshier and the late Rommie Carroll Cheshier of Searcy. He graduated from Searcy High School in 1989 and received his Bachelor of Science at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro in 1995 where he was a proud member of Lamba Chi Alpha fraternity. He earned a Master of Arts in German in 1997 from University of Mississippi, Oxford.

He worked for Cummins Filtration Nashville in Supply Chain Management before leaving due to health issues. He was happily married to Melisa Martini Cheshier who was his partner in life for 20 years at the time of his death.

Rommie is preceded in death by his father, Rommie Carroll; his grandparents, Rommie M. and Lela Cheshier and Ralph and Opal Burns.

He is survived by his ever-loving wife; two children, Joshua and Emilie Derington; his mother, Mary Lynn Cheshier; a sister, Carol Hutchison (Matt); and a loving niece, MariGracyn Hutchison. He is also survived by an aunt and uncle, Ralph and Sally Burns of Searcy; uncle, Joe Cheshier; and many supportive cousins and friends, who loved him.

Besides spending time with family, Rommie enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching movies, fitness, traveling, chess and especially his cats. He touched many lives with his wit, humor, and practical joking.

Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Sunday, January 23, at 2 p.m. at Campground Cemetery in Drew County. There will be visitation at the family home in Searcy on Saturday, January 22, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday, January 23, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Rommie’s honor to Williamson County Animal Shelter, adoptwcac.org or to your local animal shelter in his honor. He loved animals so much and was hoping to get well enough to volunteer.

Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City.