DeWayne Edward Cheek, 62, a resident of Georgetown, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at his home.
He was a lifelong resident of this area and was born in Cleveland on May 24, 1951. He was the son of the late J.D. and Louis Cheek.
He was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army, having faithfully served his country during the Vietnam War. He was also a longtime employee of the Cleveland Chair Company.
He loved the great outdoors, including fishing, coaching a local softball team for six-plus years and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. Above all, he loved spending time with his granddaughter Amery.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Jeremi and Kaylee Gunther; and one sister, Lois Cheek.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his faithful companion for 35 years, Darlene Cheek; one daughter and son-in-law, Shanna and James Lunsford; one granddaughter, Amery Gunther: two sisters, Sue Shoemaker (Ronnie) and Hazel Colachicco (Jimmy); and four brothers: Ricky Cheek (Kim), Robert Cheek (Barbara), Johnny Cheek (Marcella) and Danny Cheek (Shirley); special niece, Rhonda Cheek; and special friend, Ted Childress; numerous other extended family members and a host of special friends.
A celebration of his life will be held at 6 p.m. today, Sept. 26, 2013, at Bethel Baptist Church, 2514 Old Chattanooga Pike in Cleveland, with the Rev. Dewayne Hamby and the Rev. Bruce Compton officiating.
Interment will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in Chattanooga National Cemetery at 11 a.m., and conclude with full military honors.
You are encouraged to share a memory of DeWayne and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial Web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com. Companion Funeral Home is honored to assist the Cheek family with these arrangements.