Earlene Helen Cheek, 73, seamstress, churchgoer

January 26, 2003

Earlene Helen Cheek, who was active in her church and the American Legion Auxiliary, died Jan. 19 of cardiac arrest at Bon Secours Hospital. She was 73 and lived for 25 years on Gwynns Falls Parkway in Baltimore.

Born Earlene Jackson, she was educated in the Northumberland County, Va., school system. She moved as a young woman to Baltimore, where she married James Emanuel Cheek in 1949 and became a member of Bethel AME Church.

Mrs. Cheek raised five children and enjoyed sewing, doing piecework over the years as a seamstress for Premier Uniform Manufacturing Co. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary at Walter Green Post No. 14, where she served as president for five years during the 1980s.

She was called "Earl the Pearl" by her family.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Bethel AME Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ellen Cheek and Valerie Marie Walker, both of Baltimore; three sons, James Maurice Cheek of Bowie, Gregory Winford Cheek of East Orange, N.J., and David Emanuel Cheek of Glen Burnie; four sisters, Diane Eubanks of Fort Washington, Christine Basker of Reedville, Va., Bessie Carter of Baltimore and Edith Samuels of Bradbury Heights; three brothers, Gamelia Jackson of Silver Spring, Leverne Jackson of Callao, Va., and David Muse of Bowie; 16 grandchildren; and 10-great-grandchildren.

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