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Robert Edwin Cheek Sr.

Robert Edwin Cheek Sr.

Robert Edwin Cheek Sr.

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.


  • Jackie R. Wiist Sheldon Posted June 21, 2018 11:59 pm

    I remember the Cheek brothers from my early years as an administrative secretary to Mr. Gus Roberts at Panhandle Fruit Company on Grant Street in Amarillo in the 1960s. . They were such fun when they came into our office, always had a trucking story. I also remember their knowing my dreaded-fear of snakes and their assuring me they would bring a banana-snake to my desk. My comment to that was “You do and you die if I don’t first from a heart attack”. It never happened either. lol May God bless each of you as you share fond memories.

    • CINDY Savarda Posted June 22, 2018 10:42 am

      Jackie, thank you for sharing a memory of my dad!
      I too remember Panhandle Fruit Co. ! He loved people and he loved his trucking career and all those he met along the way!

  • Deborah Sprague Posted June 22, 2018 3:41 pm

    Life is a blessing with many gifts. It has its ups and downs, and is so surprising. The human bond that ties us together with love, whether family or friend, is what makes life so beautiful. The legacy left behind is found in the family created, who continues to shine with kindness and a loving heart. I share in your sadness and celebrate in the spirited life of Robert Edwin Cheek, Jr. Thoughts and prayers. xo

  • Charlene Cheek Posted June 23, 2018 7:45 am

    Unteathered by the mountain that once held him captive,he took to the open roads and wide open spaces of Texas like a duck to water. The song “ On the Road Again” could have been written for him. Dad wasn’t a family man but he was a good man. He was a true country gentleman and at times too good looking for his own good. Today we will celebrate his life journey and his legacy, We sure are going to miss you, dad.

  • Ken & Peg Gingras Posted June 23, 2018 11:35 am

    Ken and I, want to express our deepest sympathy to you all. Edwin lived a good many years, more than most. There are many years of memories to look back upon. Cherish the memory!! God Bless.

  • Audrey Bryant Hargrove Wink Posted June 29, 2018 8:56 pm

    My personal condolences to the Cheek family.

    I also want you to know that the Alumni Group for St. Mary’s Academy, Price Memorial College and Alamo Catholic High School have been notified.

    May God bring you comfort with the memories of your father.

    • Charlene Cheek Posted June 30, 2018 7:51 pm

      No, not to my knowledge, Audrey.

    • Charlene Posted June 30, 2018 7:56 pm

      Sorry, Audrey, I misread your post. Thank you! And Rhealine, myself and all the Cheek kids appreciate your comments and condolences.

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