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Joel Cherry

September 7, 1940February 10, 2021

Joel Payne Cherry, 80, of Falls Church, Virginia, passed away on February 10th after a long, well-fought battle with cancer. Joel graduated with a Master’s in Social Science from the University of Toledo. He worked for the CIA for over 25 years living in many countries including Cyprus where he met and married Yilper Cemal in 1968. Yilper and Joel have a son, Thomas Erol Cherry born in Reading, England in 1969 and a daughter, Leyla Janet Cherry born at Fairfax Hospital, Virginia in 1972. The family lived abroad in Okinawa, Japan; Ft. Clayton, Panama; Manama, Bahrain and Amman, Jordan. Post retirement he was able to focus more time on his coin collecting business, Mercury Numismatics, which was the culmination of a boyhood hobby started at the age of 7. He enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, doing cross word puzzles and was an enthusiastic world traveler. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Yilper; son, Thomas, and daughter-in-law Andrea; daughter, Leyla Hurt and son-in-law, Mike; three beloved grandsons, Adam, Andy, and Griffin; sisters Jane Malte (Georgia) and Nancy Magerl (Illinois); brother Jon Cherry (Ohio), and family in Northern Cyprus and Arizona.


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Bob Schreiner

February 22, 2021

What a wonderful person Joel was. He was a true professional in each position he occupied, and he was always a true gentleman. Joel was a peaceful man; may he now rest in peace eternally.

Theresa Apple

February 21, 2021

I fondly remember Joel from when I was just starting on the "Daily Report." I recall him as being so intelligent and helpful to those of us who were just starting, dedicated to getting us on the right track for our careers. He left a mark and a positive influence on so many lives and will be missed.

James Semivan

February 20, 2021

We were stationed w Joel & Yilper, Tom & Leyla in Amman Jordan in the 80s and had many fun times w them there. We stayed in touch for years after returning Stateside & will always remember Joel & the love he had for Yilper & his family. May he Rest In Peace and may his family find comfort in the fact that he lived a wonderful life.
Jim Semivan & Deb Stokes

Sara Ruschaupt

February 20, 2021

We were stationed in Okinawa with Joel and Yilper and have such fond memories with living near them. Two of our children were the same age and spent many wonderful hours together. Our children played together and our little compound in Japan was a wonderful place for all of our families to be together, from the bowling team, sports, picnics and some of our wonderful parties at the O Club. Yilper and the kids are in our prayers.