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Description: Obituary of Cheek, Charles E. "Chuck"

Date: April 22 2009

Newspaper published in: Pittsfield

Page/Column: A6 / 1

Charles E. "Chuck" Cheek, 58, of Houston, Texas and formerly of Pittsfield, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.
He was born Oct. 7, 1950 in Pittsfield to the late Charley L. and Mary Jane Gwartney Cheek.
He married Paulette Thomas Aug. 9, 1975 in Pekin, and she survives.
Also surviving is an aunt, Genevieve Gwartney of Hampshire; and several cousins; as well as his sister-in-law, Penny Dile of Manito; nephews, nieces and a great-nephew.
Mr. Cheek graduated Pittsfield High School in 1968 and attended the University of Illinois graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences . While at the university he was a member and a past president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He then attended Law School at the University of Tennessee and graduated with a law degree in 1975. Chuck, following law school, married then moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where he worked for Gulf Oil Company in their legal department. In 1985 he joined Enron and became chief litigation counsel for Enron in Houston, Texas until 2005 when he retired. Chuck loved horses and in particular Tennessee Walking Horses. Chuck and Paulette loved to ride and enjoyed the time spent with friends in the horse community. He was a member of the state bar associations in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Texas. He was also a member Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association who named him member of the year in 2008 as well as the Walking Horse Owners Association. Chuck leaves behind not only family and his Kappa Sig brothers, but a large number of friends in the Tennessee Walking Horse Community whom he loved dearly.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Visitation will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Pittsfield First Christian Church, Pike County Mounted Angles, or to Great Strides c/o Airsman-Hires Funeral Home Box 513 Pittsfield, Il. 62363 Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Submitted: 04/23/09

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