Cheves was one of five children of Thomas Taylor and Miranda Hall Cheves who came from Bibb County, Georgia but moved to Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. He graduated from Natchitoches High School about 1919 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree at Northwestern State University and a master's in education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, submitting a biography of educator and politician James Benjamin Aswell for his thesis.
Cheves returned to Natchitoches High School as a teacher and also coached basketball and football. He then joined the faculty of Northwestern State. While there he was elected to the Louisiana State House of Representatives and co-sponsored a bill permitting NSU to confer master's degrees in education.
Later, Cheves was hired as an assistant to the president of Chiopla Junior College in Marianna, Florida. From there he was appointed a professor of education at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana and then came to Samford where he finished his career.
Cheves remained in Birmingham during his retirement and died in 1988. He was buried in a family plot at Fern Park Cemetery in Natchitoches. He was survived by his wife, Kathryne and a stepson, John Dozier, Jr.
- "Monnie T. Cheves" obituary (August 17, 1988) Alexandria Daily Town Talk
- "Monnie T. Cheves (September 12, 2014) Wikipedia - accessed September 26, 2014
- Monnie Cheves at findagrave.com