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October 14, 2012

Naomi Foster Cheek

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — Naomi Foster Cheek was born January 27th, 1924 in Crumpler, W.Va., and died October 12th, 2012  at the age of 88. She was the beloved wife of James H. Cheek of Rocky Mount, N.C. Naomi was a Light of Christ in the world - full of love and compassion. She was joyful, witty, gracious and kind. Her husband, Jim, was the light of her life.

Naomi was a faithful member of the Englewood United Methodist Church in Rocky Mount and worked in community service including several years as a volunteer at Community Hospital. Before moving to Rocky Mount 30 years ago, Naomi attended the First Methodist Church in Pocahontas, Va. She worked at the Bank of Pocahontas and was active in the Womens' Club. She grew up in the Methodist Church at Maybeury, W.Va.

Naomi was the daughter of the late Dillard Henry Foster and Nellie Mae Dent Foster of Beckley, W.Va. She is survived by her husband, James H. Cheek; son, Alfred R. Martin of Naperville, Ill.; daughter, Suzanne Martin McLarnon of Raleigh, N.C.; and granddaughter, Audrey M. Martin of Naperville, Ill. She is survived by seven siblings: Eula Poage of Round Rock, Texas, Willowdean Legg of West Chester, Pa., Gaynelle D'Arco of Beckley, W.Va., Rita Ann Wendell of Fullerton, Texas, Brooksey Guilliams of Newark, N.Y., Betty Jo Fox of Irvington, Ala., and Harold Foster of Ray City, Ga. She is preceded in death by her brother, Henry Foster, and sister, Maybelle Beck.

 Naomi was also dearly loved by her daughter-in-law, Laurie Martin; son-in-law, Ross McLarnon; her sister-in-law, Sarah Miles of Pocahontas, Va. as well as Jim's family: Deborah and Eddie Havens of King, N.C., Jim Cheek and Mary Kelly of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren, Heather Havens, Jimmy Cheek, Jaclyn Hitchcock and great-grandchildren, Emma, Mason, Jonah and Elijah.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Englewood United Methodist Church, Rocky Mount or to Community Homecare and Hospice in Rocky Mount.

“Death is not the extinguishing of a light. It is the blowing out of a candle because the dawn has come.”

“Her children arise and call her blessed; Her husband also and he praises her.” Proverbs 31:28

The family will receive friends and relatives 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, October 14, 2012 at Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home and other times at the home. A service to remember Naomi will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 15, 2012 at Englewood United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.

 Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

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