Atlas “Larry” Lawrence Cheek III

Atlas Lawrence “Larry” Cheek III, 79, died in Dallas, TX, on February 20th, 2022.

Born on January 21st, 1943, in Staunton, Virginia.  He lived in Dallas, TX, and Wilmington, NC., and worked in private business aviation in Latin America with Cessna Aircraft until his retirement in 2012. Larry was a member of Dallas Safari Club, Atlanta Old White Rugby, and Dallas Reds Rugby Club.

Larry is survived by his wife of 45 years, Molle Robertson Cheek, Son Atlas Lawrence Cheek IV, and Sara Bedford Cheek, grandson Atlas Lawrence Cheek V, all of Dallas, Texas. Brother John Taylor Cheek and wife Lee of Egremont MA.  Larry was preceded in death by Atlas Lawrence Cheek JR and Helena Riker Cheek of Wilmington, NC.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, February 25th, at The Church of The Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204.

Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252


13 replies on “Atlas “Larry” Lawrence Cheek III”

Shawn Keough says:

Amazing tribute to a life lived to the fullest. LOVE and LIFE the similarities speak volumes.

Carolyn Mitchell says:

My sincere condolences Molle. We often spoke of your love story with Larry. What wonderful memories you have to ease your sorrow in the days to come. May God’s love for you comfort you and your family.

Lindsay Wall says:

Deepest Sympathy to the family. Larry will hold a special place in our hearts.
God bless you all
Lindsay and Mwanja camp family
Chewore North

Anonymous says:

Knew Cheeko from the early 70’s and loved him so. Will be missed by myself and A GREAT many more.

Natalie Abadie says:

Sending my condolences and thoughts to all of the family during these difficult times.

jeff kolberg says:

A great rugby teammate and a great guy. Always had a smile and a good story. Rest in peace.

Kirk & Carol Crumpler says:

Love the picture the Iron Man and his Golden Lady.Many happy meaningful memories. He will be so missed. Love, Kirk & Carol

Lawson Troy says:

Larry was a friend, mentor, hero and so much more to generations ! My life is so much richer and complete from having benefited from relationship than spans all of the aforementioned titles.

What I feel is not loss nor pain rather everlasting love and friendhip!!!


Bob Hubbard says:

Larry was a larger than life man. Kind of a combination of chuck Yeager, Clint Eastwood, and John Wayne with Russ a bit of Meyer sprinkled in . I got to know him when we were commiserating about our two sons, Little Larry and Jimbo about 45 years ago . I called him chico he called me cub

I can only imagine the fear that the opposing
rugby team felt when Larry took to the field. 👍

I hope little Larry carrys on the fine spirt of his loving father
All the best Larry

Bubba Parker says:

Truly a man’s man and a friend to all. He could be rough, he could be crude, he could be polished, he could dine with kings and he could enjoy a meal with common men anywhere. He was the most solid man I ever met in my life. I will miss him and not embarrassed to say I truly loved him. I refuse to say goodbye. Instead, I’ll say “See you later! Have everything ready for a great reunion when we meet again”. And make sure you’ve got Jet and Gippo with you!

warren w wills jr says:

Larry was my pledge brother at the KA House in Chapel Hill in ’63. An intelligent, forthright and hard-charging man then and throughout his life. So sorry to learn of his passing and with sincere condolences to Molle and the family.
Warren Wills

Chris Asbill says:

So sorry to learn of this, Molle. He and Jimmy are having a good time together, for sure. Condolences!!

Miguel Gatins says:

Hi Molle…saddened by the news and thinking of you. What a survivor and the best story teller. I have very fond memories going back so many years. Much love,

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