...he walks with me and he talks with me, and he tells me i am his own, and the joy we share, as we tarry there, none other has ever known...
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Mr. James Earl Cherry, 80, was born March 13, 1938 in Green County, N. C., and was the son of the late Neil and Lela Clayton Cherry. He departed this life on Monday, February 18, 2019, at the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation Center in Statesville, following an extended illness.
He raised and educated in Snow Hill and later moved and made his home in Statesville. He retired from Gilbert Engineering. Tripp, as he was affectionately called, was married to Mary Emma Caldwell Cherry, who preceded him in death. In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by four children, William “Brock” Caldwell, Barry Caldwell, Doris Caldwell Stevenson and Minnie Caldwell; a son-in-law, Joe Simmons; a daughter-in-law, Dana Caldwell four siblings, Cornelius Cherry, Pete Cherry, Bill Cherry and Mildred Cherry.
He leaves to cherish the memory of his life, three sons, Ronald Caldwell, Roy Green and Cedric Corry, all of Statesville; seven daughters, Mary Ann Whitehurst of Greenville, Ruby Whitehurst of Snow Hill, Barbara Denise (Andrew) Ward of Greenville, Linda (Perry) Lackey, Beatrice Caldwell, Connie Simmons, and Rosemary (Robert) Dye, all of Statesville; a special son-in-law, Billy Stevenson of Statesville; grandchildren, Angie Denise Whitehurst, Kevin Whitehurst, Tony Whitehurst, Dorothy Whitehurst, Christopher Whitehurst, Lester Whitehurst, Deborah Whitehurst, Tebora Whitehurst, Joe Junior (Felicia) Whitehurst, Pamela Michelle (Corbin Moore) Whitehurst, Marquita Denise Whitehurst, Marchelle Whitehurst, Monta Whitehurst, Monique Whitehurst, Louis Whitehurst, Teresa Whitehurst, Dewayne Whitehurst, Reggie Caldwell, Sam Caldwell, Chenedra Caldwell, Torrey Green, O’ni Green, Kenny Whiteside, Greilynn Stevenson, Jarvis Stevenson, Tamara Caldwell, Sharana Caldwell, Quindon Corry, Carrisha Corry, Tanya Lackey, Alesha Lackey, Shanika (Hank) Chapman, Harvey (Alisha) Caldwell, Treva Caldwell, Andrea Caldwell, Billie Jean Stevenson, Kristen Stevenson, Sonya Caldwell, Nick Caldwell, Todd Caldwell, Shanika (Hank) Caldwell, Russell Caldwell, Stacy Caldwell,Kelli Caldwell, Makistia Caldwell, Tywan Hairston, Roderick Wilson and Kimberly Linney; eighty-nine great grandchildren; and a host of great great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Celebration of Life Service will be conducted on Friday, February 22, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home. Members of the family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m., but will assemble at the residence at other times.
Visit the Book of Memories for Mr. Cherry at www.rutledgeandbigham.com. Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Cherry Family.