Dwight Odell Cheek, 94, of Amarillo died Thursday, January 12, 2012.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at Arden Road Baptist Church with Reverend Dale Bigham and Reverend Ken Holmes officiating. A private family burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Dwight was born May 28, 1917, in Deep Gap, North Carolina to Levi and Helen Cheek. He lived in Deep Gap and helped build the Blue Ridge Parkway by operating heavy equipment. He then worked in Panama on the Pan-American Highway. He moved to Amarillo in 1942 and worked several jobs including helping build the Cactus Plant. After working on the plant, he worked for Denver/Amarillo Express. He owned a service station in downtown Amarillo and owned a fruit stand on Fillmore St. In 1948, he started his business, Dwight Cheek Trucking. His business grew from one truck to owning 58 tractors, 94 trailers and about 100 employees. Dwight retired in November 1990 after 43 years in the trucking business.
Dwight was an avid fisherman and loved fishing from Lake Tangelwood all the way to Mexico. For a time, he was a great bowler once getting 16 consecutive strikes and serving as president of the Amarillo Bowling Association. In his 50’s, Dwight picked up the game of golf. At the age of 90, he made 2 holes-in-one during the same year. He was a member of the Lake Tanglewood Lions Club for several years. He loved spending time at his cabin in North Carolina surrounded by kids and grandkids.
Dwight was a great servant of the Lord and was still witnessing and concerned about everyone’s soul until the end of his life. He was an original member of the Bible Heritage School Board and a long-time member of Arden Road Baptist Church. He loved his church family very much and faithfully supported missions.
Dwight is survived by his wife, Linda Cheek of Amarillo; five daughters Betty Jean Hinkle and husband Doyle of Ft. Worth, Ima Dean Summers and husband Harry of Deep Gap, North Carolina, Josephine Brown of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, Laverne Gallant and husband Charles of Charlotte, North Carolina and Darla Cheek of Hawaii; two sons, Jimmy Cheek and wife Melba of Deep Gap, North Carolina, and Mika Cheek and wife Kamala of Hawaii; two stepchildren, Jacque Goodenough-Key and husband Woody Key of Amarillo and Rob Goodenough and wife Julie of Summerville, South Carolina; brothers, R.E. “Edwin” Cheek and Sherrill Cheek; sisters, Della Glover, Louise O’Shield, Grace Gentry and Frances Walker. Dwight is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.
Dwight was proceeded in death by brothers, Leslie Cheek, Dallas Cheek, and Denver Cheek; and a sister, Ola Cheek.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to BSA Hospice, 600 N. Tyler, Amarillo, TX 79107.
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