Long time Amarillo resident, Robert Edwin Cheek Sr. died Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Amarillo, Texas.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Edwin served his country during World War II from 1941 until 1945. He fought with the 21st Aviation Engineers in North Africa and Italy.
Following the war, he and his brother, Dwight started a trucking business that would span over 50 years.
In 1948, Edwin married Mary Helen Davis of Amarillo, Texas. Together they had six children. All were born and raised in Amarillo, Texas.
Edwin was born and raised in Idlewild, North Carolina and comes from a large and extensive family from the Great Smoky Mountains.
He is survived by long time companion, Forraine Davis of Amarillo; a son, Robert Edwin Cheek, Jr. and his wife Cheryl Cheek of Moberly, Missouri; six daughters, Charlene Cheek, of Amarillo, Texas, Melissa Ornelas, of San Marcos, Texas, Patricia Cheek, of Amarillo, Texas, Cindy Savarda and her husband, George Savarda, of Franklin, Tennessee, Rhealine and her husband Jerry Kilburn, of Amarillo, Texas, and Robbi Pomeroy of Oqunquit, Maine. He also leaves behind 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He leaves behind his beloved sister, Grace Gentry, of Lenoir and his brother, Sherill Cheek of Fleetwood, North Carolina; and a long time friend, Alvin Hill.
Edwin was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Helen Cheek, of Lenoir, North Carolina; four brothers and four sisters.