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Mary "Tookie" Seay Cheek

September 17, 1940 — January 23, 2020

Mary "Tookie" Seay Cheek

Mary “Tookie” Seay Cheek of South Boston, VA passed away January 23, 2020.  She was born in Christiansburg, VA on September 17, 1940 and was 79 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Charlie Alfred Seay and the late Agnes Newton Seay. She was married to the late Walter Franklin Cheek, Sr.


She was of the Baptist faith. Tookie was an avid dancer and loved music especially Blue Grass and was sparkle in the lives of many.   


Mary “Tookie” Seay Cheek is survived by:

Her Daughter

Cathy C. Carter and husband Tim of South Boston

Her Son

Frankie Cheek and wife Kim of Halifax

Special adopted Son

Vince Talley

Two Grandchildren

Jennifer C. Reaves and husband Lewis of Turbeville

Trey Cheek and wife Jennifer of Madison Heights

Three Great Grandchildren

Hunter, Leyla, Timber Reaves

Special Friends

Debby Francis, James Clay, David Conner, John and Karin Theo and their children

Her dance community and family


A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with the John Theo officiating.


The family will receive friends Saturday, one hour prior to the service at Powell Funeral Home and other times at her home.


For memorials please consider Halifax Cancer Association, P.O. Box 1891, Halifax, VA 24558, the Halifax County Humane Society, P.O. Box 969, South Boston, VA 24592 or a charity of your choice.


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements are by: Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592. 


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Past Services


Saturday, January 25, 2020

1:00 - 1:45 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Service

Saturday, January 25, 2020

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