Monday, November 28, 2016

Loving Teen is Remembered after Tragic Death

Jim Cheek's infectious smile could light up a whole room.
Photo credit: Lea Cheeks' Facebook
   On the Monday night of November 22, 2016, the precious life of a teen boy was taken. Jim Cheek loved life. He had the capability of lighting up a room with his smile and was one to bring everyone together. He had a passion for dancing and his faith was strong. He was also known for being a remarkable athlete in his high school as he played baseball and picked up football his senior year. Jim loved his parents; he always wanted to impress them. He also shared an inseparable bond with his older sister Claire, who was his absolute best friend.
   Jim's life was taken too fast when he died during the Thanksgiving holiday at the young age of eighteen. Jim lived his life always to the most full potential. He took his last breath with his friends, which he absolutely adored.
   Jim's life was celebrated at his high school, where a near thirteen-hundred people showed up to a vigil service in his memory, where many tears, laughs, and stories were shared about Jim. One of his friends said, "He's probably tapping God on the shoulder right now saying, 'Look God, I made the news.'" His friends expressed their thoughts and prayers towards the community and heavily towards his family. At the end of the ceremony, Jim's best friend asked his parents permission to wear #18 on the baseball field this year in his memory.
The Centennial community gathers for Jim Cheek's vigil service.
Photo taken by: Phil Newman
    In the past 11 months, this is the third death of a student at Centennial High School. The school is one of strength and love, and has faced more than one can imagine. Jim will join his football brother Nickell Whitson in heaven.
    Jim's life story was cut too short, but his impactful soul and his loving heart will always be remembered.

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