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Christine Cheek Lloyd
Mrs. Christine Cheek Lloyd was a super “country” mom and grandma. She has raised five children, ten grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
She grew up about 500 yards west of current McDougle Elementary School, as a part of the Mae and Marvin Cheek family. She had eight brothers and sisters. As a young mother of five, she not only took care of the family’s cooking and washing; but she helped her husband, Myron, run a country store (the “Jottem-Down” credit store) and harvested flue cured tobacco in the summer months.
Christine was a fantastic country cook, and famous for her Chicken and Dumplings. It was the ultimate compliment to be invited to one of her catfish dinners at the ole’ log Cheek cabin in her back yard.
Christine also helped her husband pick vegetables and cook home-made apple jacks to sell at the Ole Chapel Hill Farmers Market (she was also known as the “Queen Pea Sheller” of Orange Country).
She had a thirty-five year career away from home (retiring in 1997), which included full time work as a Pathologist Technician with N.C. State Medical Examiners office in Chapel Hill. She enjoyed every minute of her job!
Christine was very active in the Antioch Baptist Church’s Senior Citizen’s Sunday School Class. Additionally, she served as President of the “Young at Hearts” Senior club at the church. In addition, she volunteered for years of Whitecross Community events.
Finally, she was a true fan of UNC Athletics and after every UNC win, she rang the old dinner bell in her back yard several times- - -even if it was after midnight when the Tarheels won a game. She feed her “moo” beef cows and their babies. She also loved to square dance!
~by Gordon Neville “The 2009 Village Pride Award”
July 17, 2011, 2:00pm
Antioch Baptist Church
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