Aubrey Kenneth Cheek, Sr.Pastor FBC Hillsborough, 1937-1943
A call was extended to Rev Cheek on May 16, 1937 to preach 2nd and 4th Sunday Morning’s beginning in July. The same month, new sidewalks were installed from the front of the church and the parsonage to the steps leading down to the street. The first finance committee was appointed to develop a budget and offering cards were first used. A unified budget was approved on December 12, 1937. The budget approved for 1939 totaled $1,925 of which $600 was paid to the pastor with the cooperative program and orphanage getting $350 and $200, respectively. On April 16, 1939, the deacons and trustees made a motion to “erect a baptismal pool in honor of Dr. Charles E. Maddry and a suitable marker be placed thereon.” The membership that year totaled 233. The church started a building fund in 1941 and Brothers CC Hancock and JR Frederick were licensed to preach by the Church. Cheek resigned on July 11, 1943 to take effect on September 1, 1943 – ending six years as pastor.1 He left Hillsborough to attend the seminary in Louisville, KY to advance his education.
Cheek was born on August 11, 1911 in Durham NC, a son of the E. G. and Myrtle Rigsbee Cheek. He attended Durham schools, graduating later from Wake Forest College (1935) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY (1946). He married Hilda Mae Hill. She was born August 15, 1914 in Knoxville, TN. They had one son, Aubrey K. Cheek, Jr., and one daughter, Rilda Jessie Cheek.3 He was pastor of many churches in NC including Hillsborough (1937-43), Marshville (1946-48), South Fork in Winston-Salem (1948-52) and West Point in Kannapolis (1952-58). He died while serving as pastor of Fairview Church in Gastonia where he served 12 years (1958-1969).4
In May 1939, Charles Maddry, a former pastor and Secretary of the Foreign Mission Board, was invited to preach a revival at Hillsborough. Chief of Police, J.E. Sharpe, wrote to the Biblical Recorder noting that over 50 were added to the church’s role of whom 31 were by baptism.5 In turn, while Maddry was serving his second term as minister at Hillsborough, Cheek returned to preach the sermon for J G Goodwin’s ordination in to the ministry by the church on May 1952.6
Cheek died on March 29, 1969 at the young age of 57. Funeral services were held at the Unity Baptist Church in Gastonia with the pastor, Rev. W. F. Woodall officiating.2 Graveside services were held at the Maplewood Cemetery in Durham. Hilda lived to be 74 years old, dying in 1988, and is buried in the same cemetery next to her husband.7
- Minutes of First Baptist Church Hillsborough, NC from November 19, 1853 to December 2, 1953.
- Minister is Dead. (March 27, 1969) Gastonia Gazette, p.3. Accessed at: http://newspaperarchive.com/gastonia-gazette/1969-03-27/page-3
- Total Effort Weakened. (August 16, 1969) Biblical Recorder, p.2, Retrieved at: http://recorder.zsr.wfu.edu/Default/Skins/WakeforestA/Client.asp?skin=WakeforestA&AW=1333247219577&AppName=2
- Various Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention from 1935-196. Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Presses of Edwards and Broughton, Raleigh, NC, Accessed at: http://mirror12.archive.org/search.php?query=mediatype%3Atexts%20AND%20collection%3Ancmeetingsproceedingsconferencereports%20AND%20subject%3A%22Baptist%20State%20Convention%20Of%20North%20Carolina%22
- Hillsborough. (May 10, 1939) Biblical Recorder, p.2, Retrieved at: http://recorder.zsr.wfu.edu/Default/Skins/WakeforestA/Client.asp?skin=WakeforestA&AW=1333247219577&AppName=2
- Ordination of J G Goodwin. (May 31, 1952) Biblical Recorder, p.23, Retrieved at: http://recorder.zsr.wfu.edu/Default/Skins/WakeforestA/Client.asp?skin=WakeforestA&AW=1333247219577&AppName=2
- Family Tree Search. Accessed at: https://www.familysearch.org/search/records/index#count=20&query=%2Bsurname%3Acheek%20%2Bdeath_place%3A%22North%20Carolina%22~%20%2Bdeath_year%3A1969-1969
Compiled by Reginald Carter, Historian, FBC Hillsborough
Last Updated: May 1, 2013