Ted Cheek, age 81, a resident of Montgomery, Alabama passed away after an extended illness, at home Tuesday January 8, 2013.

Ted was a highly successful Montgomery businessman, founding Montgomery Wholesalers in 1963, which became Alabama Wholesalers in 1968. He also cofounded Spe-Dee-C and Silent Sentry Electronic Security. He was involved in numerous other business ventures during his career. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy. During his high school days, Ted played football and baseball, excelling in both sports. Ted was also very active in his church - St. James United Methodist Church and was the cofounder of the Celebrate Recovery and Frazer Sunday School class.

Ted was known to be one of the most compassionate and giving persons around. He helped out hundreds of persons who needed a helping hand and did so without any public awareness. He was also known as a devoted family man and a loyal friend to many.

Ted was preceded in death by his father Foyle Sam Cheek, his mother Mary Leach Cheek, brothers Howard, Donald, Edmund and his sister Margaret.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Holman Cheek, his daughter Lisa Cheek Temple (Dana), his son, Chip Cheek (Susan), eight grandchildren Temp Temple, Chad Temple, Candice Temple (Nick), Blair Moore (Jeff), Teddy, Emily, Daniel and Lily Cheek, and one great-grandchild, Sophia.

The pallbearers will be Chip, Dana, Teddy, Temp, Daniel and Jeff. The honorary pallbearers will be T.J. Manis, Kenneth Holman, Fred Lovvorn, Jere Beasley, Bill Morrison, Ronnie Taunton, Jim Rush, Cecil Spear, Guy Johnson, Woody Woodman, Don Pressley, Dr. Jim Mracek, Merle Friesen and the Frazer Sunday School class – St. James UMC.

Visitation is at St. James United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 12th at 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., immediately followed by the service. The burial will then take place at Greenwood Cemetery.

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13, 2013