Kim Cheeks was born on October 2, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Fredericka Bullock and Albert Cheeks. She attended Cleveland public schools and graduated from John Adams High school class of 1975. She would proudly say, with her chest out, “I’M A REBEL BABY!”
She began working at Mt. Sinai Hospital in 1978 and had been there for 20 years. After her employment ceased at Mt. Sinai, she took her talents to St. Vincent Charity hospital for 12 years. Kim grabbed the hearts of many people over the years working in the two hospitals. People can pick her out in a crowd from seeing her curly hair and hearing her laugh even if had been years of not seeing her.
She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age. She was an avid reader of God’s Word and always willing to share it with others. Kim wholeheartedly loved the Lord and joined Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in 2002. Mom enjoyed going to service, Sundays when she couldn’t make it, she would still catch up on the “word”. She would always say church is in your heart. During COVID as churches are closed, she would still watch service online, sing hymns and send in her tithe/offering. She’d say “It is good to give to your church especially in these times.”
Kim met the love of her life, her best friend Thomas Ray Sisson when they were kids. She said “I knew I liked that boy when I saw him playing with toy trains on the porch with my cousin!” Of course, they were too young to think about dating. She said they made it “official” January 1,1976. And that was the beginning of a Kim and Ray Love story. Ray also preceded her in death. God blessed them with four beautiful healthy babies (as mom would say).
Kim was a devoted Wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a great friend to have for the those who were blessed to have her. Mom would send birthday, holiday, and just ‘thinking of you’ cards to her family and friends every year. Our mother had a beautiful personality that attracted many. Her infectious laugh would brighten the darkest of days. She was the life of any party and would definitely tear up a dance floor! When she’d enter a room, she would scream “HEYYY WHERE THE PARTY AT!” and you knew you were going to have a great time just by being in her presence.
Our precious Kim enjoyed many things such as reading her scriptures, playing board games with her family, talking on the phone, going shopping, hanging out with friends, watching sports games, listening to music and dancing, going to air shows and outside activities, LOL! having full conversations with her plants and window blinds! She believed talking to her plants helped them grow!
Mom was a compassionate mother and always put her children first! She always wanted to know what our plans were before she made any of her own. And we would tell her not to; and that we’re supposed to work around her now! This just shows how much of an overly dedicated and passionate mother she was to us and it didn’t stop there. She wore many hats in her life, but I think her favorite one to wear was the role of being a grandmother! She loved EVERY minute of it. She loved her children but DON’T mess with those grand babies!
It was important to her that she teach her children and grandchildren how to pray and to know the Power of Prayer. As little children she began teaching us the Lords Prayer and to not be ashamed to pray. “Always have faith children. Believe in him. He will make a way. Before you go to bed at night, get on your knees and pray. And when you wake up Thank him for bringing you through the night. Because not everyone was blessed to wake up.”
Kim was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Ray Sisson, her mother and father Fredericka (Noni) Bullock and Albert Cheeks, brother Frank Rico Cheeks, stepmother Rose Marie Cheeks, and Grandmother Macy (Sug) Bullock.
She leaves behind to cherish her memories her four children Fredericka “Bay Bay” Meyers, Timothy “T.J” Sisson, Thomas Rico Sisson, and Camille Sisson all of Cleveland. Also leaves to cherish eight grandchildren Amiyah, Anthonie, Christian, Teeghan, Taryn, Rayven, Liana, and Joshua all of Cleveland. Followed by a host of nieces and nephews called her second children. Two brother in laws Jimmy Sisson and James Davis; Four sister in-laws; Shirley Sisson-Davis, Gwen Sisson, Joyce Sisson, and Toni Sisson. Many cousins Elaine, Yvette, Tracey, Mikki, and Sommer just to name a few of many.
To her dear friends Anna, Laura, Annette, Rob Scott, and many other loved ones, Shay, Marcella, Mike, A.J and your families. Mr. Dee the only person who kept her iconic curly fro on point! We would like to thank you for loving our mother as your mother, sister, and friend. She enjoyed many good times, hugs, and laughs with all of you as she would say “I love you, PEACE!”
Being the loving mother that she was, she always said she wouldn’t rest at night until she knew her kids were safe and at home…Ma, we’re safe and we’re at home, it’s ok you can rest now.
Kim’s Obituary was personally written by her children.
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