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603 South Center Street
STATESVILLE, NC 28677
Phone: (704) 873-3611
Fax: (704) 872-2589
James Cherry

James Earl Cherry

Monday, March 13th, 1939 - Monday, February 18th, 2019
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...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...

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.
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D Brown

Posted at 09:43am
My sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. May the kind and loving expressions of family and friends continue to strengthen and encourage you through this difficult period. Please know that our Heavenly Father is aware of your pain and anguish and offers hope with His words at Revelation 21:3,4 and John 5:28,29. I hope that these words will give you the comfort you need in the coming days. I am sorry for your loss.
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Deborah Okamuro (Candy Lady)

Posted at 11:53pm
I am so sorry for your loss.He was a kind,gentle man.It was an honor to know him.I hope many good memories give you comfort.I hope knowing he is in Heaven gives you solace.I pray God surrounds you with His love and gives you peace.
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KD

Posted at 05:44am
I am sorry for your loss. May “the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials” sustain you during this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4
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William Gilmore

Posted at 10:30pm
My condolences to the Cherry families. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of dear James. Some Bible scriptures that have helped me during times of loss include Isaiah 26:19 and Psalm 37:28,29 which states in part: "Your dead ones will live...They will rise up". And the Bible also says "The righteous themselves will possess the earth and they will forever reside upon it". Therefore the Bible promises that we may be reunited with our loved ones lost in death by means of an earthly resurrection. This is further confirmed by John 5:28,29 which says "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". This is possible thanks to Jesus Christ's ransom sacrifice. Thus we have a genuine hope of everlasting life in a world without wickedness or suffering.
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