Donald “Don” Lee Cheek, 76, entered into rest with the Lord,  Saturday, May 2, 2020. 


Graveside service will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery, with Pastor Jason Cheek officiating. The body will lie in state at Kennedy Funeral Home from 3:00 to 6:00 PM, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 and from 8:00 AM to Noon on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Due to COVID 19 there will be no visitation. 


Don was a  graduate of High Falls High School. He worked in Radio, drove a truck for Merita Bread, retiring after 29 ½ years and then went back to work for the South Carolina Department of Transportation.  Don had a great voice and was often called on to be Master of Ceremony for various events, including the Fiddlers Convention and car shows.  He was always willing to assist with community fundraisers.   Don attended Unity Grove Baptist church. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, time with his family and all his many friends.  Donald was a son of the late Thomas and Bertha Cockman Cheek and was preceded in death by two infant siblings. 


Don is survived by son: Jason Cheek and wife Candy; granddaughters: Hailey Cheek, Krissa Cheek, all of the Highfalls community; and many friends.   


In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Highfalls Fire and Rescue, P. O. Box 5, High Falls, NC 27325


Kennedy Funeral Home is assisting the  Cheek Family


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  1. Jason and family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your dad! What a great man he was. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days to come .
    With our deepest sympathy 🙏🏻

  2. Prayers for the family. When we were in elementary school at High Falls we had story time once a week and Donald could talk, when he would get to the end of a story he would say ” but before that” and was off on another story. Most of the time the teacher would say that is enough Donald, he kept the ability to tell stories all his life.

  3. probably don’t remember me but Donald and Tommy were my cousins. My dad was Marvin, Aunt Bertha’s brother. He married your dad and mom. I was heartbroken to hear of their passing. The last time I saw them was at Midway Grill and we had such a nice visit remembering days gone by. I loved them so much. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you in the hard days to come. May God cover you with his peace.

  4. Don was like no other. He was always full of laughter and would give you the shirt off his back. There are so many happy family memories that involved this man. Don, you will truly be missed by so many. You have earned your wings. We will see you on the other side. ❤️

  5. Jason
    Uncle Ervin thought the world of your dad and Tommy Darrell
    Sixty years ago we had some really fun squirrel hunts at Christmas time when Uncle Ervin and Aunt Bea would be home from Va. My prayers are with you and your family.
    Always your friend ..PHIL

  6. To all of the Cheek family, very sorry to hear of this loss. My Mother, Grace Cockman Hugo (daughter of Ervin, who’s sister was Bertha), was always fond of your daddy and uncle. She never called them by first names only… always Donald Lee and Tommy Darrell. It was fun to visit with them, especially when we visited and they loved in Aunt Bertha’s house still. I remember visiting many summers there with my grandaddy. Prayers to you all!

  7. We are so sorry for your loss. May God be with you in the coming days. He will give you comfort, strength, & peace during this time & always!! We Love you all & our prayers are with you!!

  8. Jason
    Sixty years ago Uncle Ervin..(Donald and Tommy Darrell’s uncle as well as mine)would be home for Christmas from Va.He would take us squirrel and rabbit hunting somewhere around Popeye’s home.That was some of the most fun and constant laughs of my life.I saw Donald stand his shotgun dozen next to an electric fence
    You can guess the rest!
    Somehow he touched the fence while crossing with his gun barrel and did quite a dance
    What a memory
    My prayers are with you and you family. Phil

  9. Praying for the Cheek family. My Brother, Raymond Vaughn, Jr., was a classmate of Donald’s. He always thought so much of him and appreciated his help with the Highfalls Fiddler’s Convention. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jason.

  10. May Jesus’s sweet love comfort each of you during this difficult time. Praying you and your family. I remember him from Landmark being a sweet man, but didn’t like help. He wanted to be independent, not wanting anyone to help him. But I was ready to catch him if he fell. Rest in Peace Don!

  11. I am very sorry for your loss. May HIS sweet love comfort you, bringing you peace and joy. I remember when I was a child and he attended Brocks Mill. He was friends with my dad.

  12. Jason, I was so sorry to hear about Don and Tommy. Don was my school bus driver. I saw him somewhere about a year ago and he was talking about driving the bus. He was a good man and will be missed. Prayers for you and your wife and children.

  13. We always loved our Bread Man with the pipe! So blessed to have had this man is my family! Jason he will always be in our hearts .🙏

  14. Jason my heart is broken for you and your family. I was so sorry hearing the news about Don and Tommy. I’m praying God’s hand will comfort you and your family during the next few days and months to come. I can remember seeing Don with his dog fishing the Becker gravel pit. I know he will be truly missed. Love y’all.

  15. So sorry to hear of Donald’s passing. Such a kind and special guy. May God be with you during this time and the days to come. May He wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you. We love you all. Anything we can do let us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. Jason and Candy we are beyond words!! Don and Tommy will be missed, when I would come down they would always talk about “the good old days” I loved their stories. Please know that we are Praying for all of Y’all💙🙏💙

  17. We are praying for you all, and we love y’all Very Much 💜🙏💜Love Steven, Pam, & Claire

  18. I send my sympathy in this very difficult time. I have many good memories of Don and Tommy from years ago. They will be missed in the High Falls community.
    Catherine Phillips Graham

  19. We are going to miss Don so much and just being able to sit down and talk to him! It was always a pleasure for me to go by and check on him sometimes and we would sit and just talk for at least a hour some mornings. You are all in our prayers.

  20. So sorry for your loss.sweet man
    Always telling me how much he loved us to sing
    He will be missed for a very long time.prayers for you and family.God Bless you and give you you and family. Love pat Bates

  21. Don was a remarkable man. I’ve enjoyed many of his talks at our church’s fellowship. We are so thankful we got to know Don. He will be missed by many. Preacher Jason please know you and your family is in our prayers during this difficult time. We are sending you our love and prayers 🙏🏻❤️

  22. My heart is broken. Don was like a brother to me. There is so many fond memories of him, all the good times we had as family. He took my son, Scott, under his wings and was his second dad. He supported my daughter, Nicole, and encouraged her in her college years, especially. I can’t say enough good things about him. He was my brother-in-law and I will always have a special place in my heart. Don, I love you.

  23. To Cheek family
    Will never ride down the river on the boat. Will never shoot another gun. Will never work on the jeep. Or talk about how much he loves his family. But we will meet again. God bless you all..


  25. My deepest condolences for the loss of your father and uncle.
    For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
    a time to be born, and a time to die;
    a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
    a time to mourn, and a time to dance. (Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2a, 4)

  26. Jason, I hope you know how proud Donald was of you and Candy and the girls. You could hear it in his voice every time he talked about you. I’ve never met you in person, but I feel like I know you from all the news about you he shared with me over the years. Donald was a wonderful man, and I’m so grateful for having him as my cousin.

    Please know that you are in my prayers now and always.

  27. Janet and I will be praying for your family during this painful time. We will dearly miss Donald & Tommy. Donald and I were classmates for twelve wonderful years. I have so many fun filled memories of Donald during our school days. He was always someone you enjoyed being around. Always had a big smile and chuckling about something. He loved his brother Tommy and would always mention something Good about Tommy when you talked with him. Several years ago my wife Janet and I went on a cruise ship vacation. When we were departing the ship a man in front of me told someone else he was from Highfalls, NC. I couldn’t believe my ears. I had to ask him who he was. He answered Rev. Jason Cheek. I asked do you know Donald Cheek? His answer was YES that’s my Dad! Meeting Donald’s son was the highlight of the trip! What a small world!! I will miss my Friend, Brother in Christ & Classmate Mr. Donald Cheek and his brother Tommy. But we will meet again in Heaven and fellowship forever with Jesus Christ our Savior.

  28. Jason, we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. We remember when you lived in Cheraw. With friends and the Lord may you find comfort. God bless. Jimmy& Libby Pigge

  29. Death is called an enemy in the Bible. (1Corinthians 15:26). Im so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort help you during this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4 & Psalms 83:18). Jesus prayed for God’s Kingdom to come because He knew it would be able to solve all mankind’s problems even sickness and death. (Revelation 21:4,5 & Daniel 2:44).

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