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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Dick "CJ" Chijioke's Obituary

Here is a link to the Obituary on the AFFO website:

It is posted in it's entirety below:

C.J. was born on February 2, 1977 in Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria to parents Emmanuel Dick Esokawu and Miriam Dick Esokawu Nee Ekenna. He passed away suddenly on July 11, 2011.

As a child, he spent time playing football (soccer), working with his mom in her shop, and spending time with his 8 siblings and many friends. He was a mischievous boy who was known for playing pranks and telling stories with a great deal of flourish. His family divided their time between the village and the town but it was the village that held a special place in his heart. He was a smart and dedicated student and was always at the top of his class. Even as a young boy, he had many plans and hopes for himself. He dreamed of coming to America and his parents worked hard to help him achieve that goal.

He began his undergrad career in Nigeria and then came to Lynchburg, Virginia to continue his schooling at Liberty University where he earned a degree in Business and Information Management. During his junior year, he met freshman Hannah Robertson and after just 3 months of dating he asked her if they could spend the rest of their lives together. They were married on June 3, 2000 in Milledgeville, IL. After Hannah graduated they moved for a short time to Chicago, IL and then in 2003 they moved to Plano, TX.

Chijioke was a family man who loved his wife and 5 children very much. He enjoyed talking, laughing, and joking. Friends and family were very important to him and brought him much joy. He loved watching movies with Hannah, playing video games with his kids, paint balling with Christian, dancing and eating fufu with Cadence, holding William, and had just recently discovered a love for outdoor activities such as white-water rafting and camping with the family. He was a competitive sportsman who liked watching and playing soccer with friends. He also had a lot of fun with tennis.

Cj was a hard worker and did everything in his power to provide for his family here in America and in Nigeria as well. He had just recently completed a master’s degree in finance, putting in many long hours of study early in the morning and late at night to graduate early and earn his CPA license a few short months later. He worked in Dallas, for Neuberger Berman/ Capital Analytics since 2006 where he was well liked by his co-workers and supervisors. He was detail oriented and actually enjoyed working with numbers and finance.

Chijioke knew that God was sovereign in his life. A poster that he had on his wall when Hannah first met him stated, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God,” (Corrie Ten Boom). As a teen, he had been a leader in his children’s group at church and loved singing in the choir. He had a time of drifting from God but re-dedicated his life to the Lord shortly before coming to the U.S. He chose a name for himself, which he had engraved on his wedding ring – Nwachinemere – meaning “The son whom God provides for”. He trusted God to direct his steps. One of Cj’s favorite scriptures was Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Knowing that his children were educated well academically and spiritually was one of his top priorities. He had recently found a church home at Prestonwood Baptist Church and was excited about getting involved in his Bible Fellowship group.

He is survived by his parents, wife Hannah, children Christian Chimezie Chijioke, Andrew Chinemerem Chijioke, Justin Chidike Chijioke, Cadence Ngozi Chijioke, and William Chiemeka Chijioke, sibings Nkechinyere Christiania Eze Nwaeze Nee Dick, Kelechi Christopher Dick, Amarachi Nwokeke Nee Dick, Onyedikachukwu Prince Dick, Esther Chinenyenwa Eke Nee Dick, Oluchi Felicia Achilonu Nee Dick, Chinomso Eunice Dick, Chioma Lois Dick. Hannah's parents Marc Andre Robertson & Darla Jean Robertson, Hannah's siblings Libby Robertson, Elijah Robertson, Martha Harding, Micha Robertson, Luke Robertson, Joanna Robertson, Sarah Robertson, Josiah Robertson, Daniel Walker Robertson, Joshua Walker Robertson and Ezra Walker Robertson.

A visitation will be held at Allen Family Funeral Options on Wednesday evening July 20, 2011 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. C.J.'s funeral service will be held on Thursday July 21, 2011 at 3:00 PM at Prestonwood Baptist Church, 6801 West Park Boulevard, Plano TX. 75093.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations may be made to the Dick Chijioke Memorial Fund by making a deposit at any Plains Capital Bank branch. Mailing a check to Plains Capital Bank, Dick Chijioke Memorial Fund, 2323 Victory Avenue, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75219. Or by credit card via paypal on the memorial site:

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