RIP Greg Cheek: One of UsJan 25th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Inmate Stories, Nueces County
Miss and love ya! Greg was a good friend, a loving father, a talented surfer, painter, and had a heart of gold. My husband battled mental health issues and as we all know Texas cut the budget for mental health [a huge amount] a few years back. Even though we had proof for years and years that Greg needed mental help and should have been awarded disability, he wasn’t approved till a month before his death and he never received his first check because he was incarcerated at the time.
Imagine how different our married life and our daughter life could have been with that help over the years!
He was off his medication when the vandalism performed by him was done and even though all the signs pointed to him needing help, he never got it. He died cold, alone. and crying in a cell by himself.
The system needs some serious change and a need to develop a system for those with health concerns and mental issues. Especially with extensive history and documented proof they need that special attention. This is an outrage and now a child has no father because of the carelessness of this county jail.
THANKS A LOT, Texas Jail Project!
*Intro by the writer: I am the widow of Greg Cheek, and though we were going through a separation period at the time of his death, he never wanted to let go of me and refused to talk divorce–lol. We would have found a way back to each other had we had the chance. It was inevitable.
Texas Jail Project: Greg had amazing friends that stood by him,watched over him and supported him through thick and thin. All you guys should be proud of your loyal friendship you solidified over many years. Here are some of his friends’ comments:
Greg’s friend, photographer Jon Steele said:
Greg Cheek passed away Feb. 6th in a jail cell in the Corpus Christi vicinity…..
His story is long and complicated…. he was simple, loving and ripped at surfing and skating….
We had some great times.
I knew Gregory from 2002 to 2003. I was 33 at the time. I was depressed and on drugs. He helped me clean up and he was a true friend. There was not a mean bone in his body. Because of him I stopped doing drugs, saw a counselor, and joined the Army. I did two tours in Iraq. I worked out really hard, ran three full marathons, became a Sergeant in the Army, counseled soldiers on drug abuse, and met a wonderful man that I married. I remember visiting him at his parents home after I joined the Army. He was watching videos of himself surfing. It was cool.
Now, I am a senior at Cal State, studying social work. I am going to work with teenagers that have mental issues. Plus, me and my husband are adopting two teenage boys. We have grown children of our own. It is because of Gregory that I changed. I deal with my bi polar illness in the right way. I am so sorry that his parents, wife, daughter, and friends are going through this loss. Thank you, Gregory. You made a huge impact on my life. I hope I can pay my respects by doing some good deeds in your name, buddy.
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[This page originally posted January 2011]
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