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Henry Gilkey CHEEK Obituary
Posted by: Jane Howard (ID *****0772) Date: February 16, 2008 at 19:13:36
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The Marion Progress
Thursday, June 19, 1952
Page 1, Column 5

Marion Man Dies Saturday in Auto Crash

Henry Gilkey Cheek, 22, of Marion RFD 2, died of a fractured neck in an automobile crash which occurred around 6:30 p.m., Saturday near the Trading Post on U. S. Highway 70.

State Highway Patrolman Archie Burrell investigated and gave the following report of the accident: Cheek had driven the car, a 1940 Ford coach, into the intersection of highway 70 and the road leading to Andrews Geyser. The car had stalled and Bernard Worley, 20, and Junior Smith, 18, both of Marion RFD 2, who were passengers in the car, were attempting to push the car backward in an effort to start it, when it rolled backwards over an embankment. Cheek was pinned under the wreckage.

McDowell County Coroner S. J. Westmoreland and Burrell completed the investigation of the accident and as a result Worley and Smith were charged with manslaughter.

Cheek's death marked the seventh highway fatality in McDowell county since the beginning of the year 1952. Patrolman Burrell said that this was the largest number of deaths ever to occur in the county in a year's period.

Funeral services for the crash victim were conducted Monday afternoon from the Zion Hill Baptist church with the pastor officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ruth Smith Cheek, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will D. Cheek, all of Marion RFD 2; four brothers, Lloyd of the U. S. Army, stationed in France, Connie, Carol and Bob, all of the home; and two sisters, Mrs. Julia Wylie of Clinchfield, and Ruth Cheek of the home.

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