Samuel Ray Cheek, 85, passed away peacefully at Pruitt Health Care on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. He was born in Yadkin County on Jan. 4, 1934, son of Samuel Aaron Cheek and Alice Novella Nicks Cheek.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nancy Carol Eller Cheek; and four brothers, Harold, Granville, Jack and Ken Cheek.

Ray was a member of Swan Creek Baptist Church for over 60 years, loved farming and was a lifelong Republican.

Surviving are his children, Michele Manaraze (Garry), Joel Cheek (Amy), Christy Jenkins (Rob) and Shawn Cheek (Julie); 16 grandchildren, MacKenize, Meredith, Cameron and Cazamaro Manaraze, Anna Regan and Luke Cheek, Caroline and Christian Jenkins and Matthew, Meagan, Elizabeth, Samuel, Hannah, Rebekah, James and Marty Cheek; a sister, Wilda-Jean Coleman; and three brothers, Allen, Phillip and Doug Cheek.

A celebration of life service will be on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at noon at Swan Creek Baptist Church, with Pastor Garry Manaraze and the Rev. Scott Bishop officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, from 11 a.m. to noon at the church. Burial will  follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Swan Creek Baptist Church cemetery fund.

Online condolences may be made at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville is serving the Cheek family.

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