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Cheryl B Dabney

May 9, 1948October 26, 2018
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Cheryl Blake Dabney of Dillard, GA passed away peacefully at the age of 70 on October 26, 2018. Cheryl was born May 9, 1948 to Stephen H. and Frances M. Blake in New Britain, CT. In early 1960s she moved with her parents and siblings to Atlanta, GA. She graduated from St. Pius High School, attended community college, and enjoyed her long career in accounting with Western Electric/AT&T/Lucent Technologies. Cheryl served as President of the Pioneers, a philanthropic organization of Lucent Technologies. Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jon. Cheryl was a very kind hearted person. She loved God and her family immensely. Cheryl is survived by her husband who were together for more than 54 years, David V. Dabney; daughters, Samantha Groves (Jimmy) and Heather Dabney; her wonderful grandchildren, J.J. Groves, Sydney Groves and Lucas Dabney; brothers and sisters, Steve Blake (Sandy), Greg Blake (Diane), Mary Blake, Chris Blake, Barbie Gallimore (Warren), Joe Blake, Donna Blake; and many beloved nieces, nephews and their children. A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in the Owen Funeral Home Chapel. Please visit www.owenfunerals.com to leave condolences for the family. Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, GA, is honored to serve the family of Cheryl Blake Dabney.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Sunday, October 28, 2018
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Barbie (Blake) Gallimore

November 5, 2018

It doesn't seem real. Why is death so hard for those left behind? Because we are no longer able to hug them, have conversations with them, and experience life with them. Their death leaves a void in our lives. However, with the promise of eternal salvation we have hope of reuniting with them; in the presence of our Lord.

Cheryl shared many stories of becoming my older sister at the age of 18. I was her Barbie Doll. She helped my mom care for her 6 younger siblings. She did it without question.

After losing our mother way too early Cheryl became the matriarch of the family. She was the central link between all of us. Family meant everything to her. She was the peacemaker. She had a sweet, calming voice. I will carry that voice in my mind and heart forever.

During visits to Atlanta I loved spending nights in her home. Cheryl gave me my first driving lesson as a teen. During our adult years our relationship blossomed. Through the years she listened and encouraged me during countless phone calls. We lived apart for almost 40 years, but our relationship remained strong. In 2011, along with Mary, we took a 3 day “Sisters Trip” to Savannah. We laughed, we shared, we explored, and wonderful memories were made.

Cheryl deeply loved her husband. She raised and greatly loved her 2 daughters. She was their rock. She cherished her 3 grandchildren. She provided countless hours of advice and consolation for us all.

I am grateful I was able to spend more time with Cheryl recently. It was heartbreaking that dementia was robbing her of her short term memory. She became angry she couldn't remember. Feeling helpless, we gave her all we could muster - our love and support.

I will cherish every hug, endearment and blessing of a sister like her. One day I will again hold the hand of my sister in Heaven. I so look forward to that day. I love you, Cheryl.


Heather Dabney

November 2, 2018

I loved my mom more than anything. She was my rock, my inspiration and my resource for everything. Even when she didn't know she found out for you. She taught me how to be kind, loving, forgiving, to be a woman, a sister, a good daughter and most of all how to be a mom. I hope you got the pleasure of knowing my mom. She was amazing and would light up a room when she walked in. She loved babies and puppies and they all loved her back. Her family was the most important as well as doing good for the community. She had an amazing talent at making everything all better or at least more positive. She loved her friends and would come home and download her daily gossip into my dad and me. The stories were so great from work my sister and I went to work with her. She always routed for the underdog. I hope to live on in her image.

Richard Abrohams

October 28, 2018

Our condolences to David (my former patient) and Steve Blake (our former neighbor) on Cheryl's passing. I recall her clearly as delightful, humorous, loving and concerned about family as well and well-informed and inquisitive. She will be missed. Our sympathies to all her family and friends.
Sincerely,
Dick and Barbara Abrohams

Carleen Brock

October 28, 2018

Dave, Samantha,and Heather, I was saddened to hear of Cheryl’s passing. She had a beautiful smile and I am smiling thinking about all the fun times we had back in Mitsy Forest . She is resting in good hands now. Your special gardian angel will always be watching over you. Carleen

Carla Lemmis

October 28, 2018

Dear Samantha & Family,
We are at a loss for adequate words to express our sadness for you. Your mother always had a smile on her face and we know heaven just received one of the most caring and kind angels. You are a reflection of your mom in the way you treat people with respect and empathy. Not to mention the way you make each person feel loved. We are so sorry for your loss. As you taught us many years ago, which we know you learned from Cheryl - "Think good thoughts", for she would want you to.

All of our love and respect,
Carla & Ian Lemmis
Oxley Park, England

Lynda Goodman

October 27, 2018

Cheryl and I had a good friendship. I enjoyed working with her.
When she had a job to do you couldn’t stop her she was driven.
Cheryl loved her family,Samantha and Heather, David and all of her brothers and sisters.
My husband,Jerry and I have many good memories of dinners we shared and activities with the Pioneers
I hope she is resting now and her pain is gone
Jerry and Lynda Goodman

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Biography

Cheryl Blake Dabney of Dillard, GA passed away peacefully at the age of 70 on October 28, 2018.
Cheryl was born May 9, 1948 to Stephen H. and Frances M. Blake in New Britain, CT. In early 1960s she moved with her parents and siblings to Atlanta, GA. She graduated from St. Pius High School, attended community college, and enjoyed her long career in accounting with Western Electric/AT&T/Lucent Technologies. Cheryl served as President of the Pioneers, a philanthropic organization of Lucent Technologies. Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jon.
Cheryl was a very kind hearted person. She loved God and her family immensely. Cheryl is survived by her husband who were together for more than 54 years, David V. Dabney; daughters, Samantha Groves (Jimmy) and Heather Dabney; her wonderful grandchildren, J.J. Groves, Sydney Groves and Lucas Dabney; brothers and sisters, Steve Blake (Sandy), Greg Blake (Diane), Mary Blake, Chris Blake, Barbie Gallimore (Warren), Joe Blake, Donna Blake; and many beloved nieces, nephews and their children.
A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in the Owen Funeral Home Chapel.
Please visit www.owenfunerals.com to leave condolences for the family.
Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, GA, is honored to serve the family of Cheryl Blake Dabney.