Mr. William Wallace Cherry Sr.

November 21, 1930September 25, 2010

William Wallace Cherry, Sr. of Muldoon passed away Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the age of 79. Cherry was born in La Grange November 21, 1930 to the late Wallace and Elizabeth (Doms) Cherry.

Cherry graduated from Flatonia High School in 1947 and from Baylor University in 1951. During the Korean War, he entered the United States Navy, attending Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, in November 1951. Following graduation, he spent the next three years in the Pacific. His last assignment was Executive Officer of a Fleet Tug, ATF-110.

Following the war, he returned to Muldoon and became involved in ranching. In 1965, he established an aerial application service business and operated it for over 20 years. In 1984, he was elected to the Flatonia Bank Board of Directors. During his twenty years on the board, the bank experienced tremendous growth and many mergers occurred. Cherry played a key role in these and other decisions until his retirement from State Bank (currently Prosperity Bank) in 2003. Not only did he serve as a board member for the bank, but he also served on the Fayette County Appraisal District Board of Directors for many years, some of which he served as chairman.

Throughout his life, he served as a Flatonia School Board Trustee, a member of the Flatonia American Legion, a Sentry of the Muldoon Woodmen of the World, Master Mason Flatonia No. 435 for 50 years, a member of the Colorado Valley Shrine Club, a member of Pitman Cemetery Assoc. Endowment Committee and a member of the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association. As an ordained Deacon in the Muldoon Baptist Church, one of his most beloved activities was teaching Sunday school for over 40 years.

Cherry is survived by his wife Estella Oeser Cherry of Muldoon, three sons: Chris A. Cherry and wife Susan of Muldoon, Cooper D. Cherry and fiancée Virginia Vinklarek of Muldoon, and William W. Cherry Jr. and wife Lilly of Muldoon and one step-daughter Tammy L. Odstrcil and boyfriend James Baker of Austin; brother-in-law Werner Oeser and wife Carolyn of Brenham. Also surviving Cherry are seven grandchildren: Michael Cherry, Elizabeth Cherry, Phillip Cherry, Cooper Cherry Jr., Adeline Cherry, William W. Cherry III, and Carla Sullivent.

Cherry is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will begin at 12:00 pm Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia. Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Thursday, September 30, 2010 at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia. Interment will follow at Pitman Cemetery in Muldoon. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.

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  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 30, 2010
  • Visitation Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mr. William Wallace Cherry Sr.

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Jack Dubose

October 3, 2010

I knew Bill Cherry at Baylor University and Bruin's Lair dorm. Following graduation the AF sent me to Korea and I did not hear of Bill Cherry until I learned of him on the Board of Directors of the Bank in Flatonia, and meeting him and Stella at Christmas parties. To me he was soft spoken and highly competent and knowledgeable. My sympathy to Stella and his family.

Rena (Gill) Gray

October 1, 2010

Chris and Cooper - I'm sorry to hear about your dad. He really was a great man. I have so many fun memories of him and some of his funny "words of wisdom". Occasionally, in conversation, I'll repeat some of his "words" aloud and I think of him and have a little inside laugh. You were blessed to have such a sweet man for a dad. I'm sure he and Jesus are having quite a conversation right about now! I'll be lifting your families up in prayer.

Evonne Johnston Honeycutt

September 30, 2010

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. William Cherry a couple of years ago, when I was with my mother, Helen Johnston. He was so decent, nice and charming, someone you never forget. May God be with you. Evonne Johnston Honeycutt

Helen Johnston

September 30, 2010

I have known William personally since the 80's, Two years ago I spent an afternoon visiting him and will long cherish that memory. I will surely miss our many phone chats. Blessings to his family.

Linda Johnston

September 30, 2010

I'm happy I got to meet and talk with Mr. William. He was so nice and the stories he shared so interesting. God be with Stella and all of the Cherry family.

Erin Miller

September 29, 2010

Wallace, Lily and Girls,
I'm so sorry to hear about your father's passing. I never really new your dad, but feel like I've known him forever from the wonderful memories and stories you shared with me. You are so fortunate to have those wonderful laughs forever. I think about you guys often.
With love,
Erin, Cadee and Julee

Darrell & Karen Schubert

September 29, 2010

Stella & Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. May the time you shared together along with the laughter give you comfort in the days ahead. God's Blessings!

Myra Lewis

September 29, 2010

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of William. I haven't seen him in several years but I have good memories of him as one of the Cherry cousins. I wish I could be there with the family today. Myra Newberry Lewis (daughter of Dixie Cherry Newberry)

September 28, 2010

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