James Larry Cherry
November 9, 1941 – April 9, 2019
On April 9, 2019 the world lost one of it’s most beautiful unsung heros. Dr. James Larry Cherry passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was born on November 9, 1941 in Nashville, TN and spent most of his childhood in Muskegon, Michigan with his Mother and 3 Brothers. As a young man, he was known for his adventurous spirit and his infectious laughter. He served proudly in the United States Navy as a fighter pilot for 6 years. Later in life he graduated with a doctorate in Law, and dedicated himself to public service for over 35 years, fighting tirelessly for equality and acceptance for the disabled community. He did all of this as his own body was slowly and steadily declining in function due to a degenerative muscular disease. In the end, his motion was limited to the muscles in his face. He bore these changes with grace and an undying spirt. He was preceded in death by his Dad, George Benjamin; Mom, Bertha Bea (Morrow) Cherry; Brothers, Howard Wade, Gearld & Wayne Cherry. Supported and is survived by his loving wife, Sylvia Rosa Cherry, his 5 children, Teresa McAuliffe, and her husband Michael McAuliffe, Michael Cherry, Steven Cherry, Marcella Cox, Diana Cherry, 12 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren, Sisters-In-Law, Emma Wade, “Gerri” Cherry and many nieces & nephews.
- Visitation Saturday, April 13, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, April 14, 2019
James Larry Cherry
April 13, 2019
It was a great honor being a caregiver to Mr. Cherry and making breakfast for him and his wife.... I also enjoyed helping rearrange his lovely home and get to know his children, and some of the grandchildren. The family will always be in my thoughts and prayers!!
Love Teresa Mikulskis and Family
April 12, 2019
I am truly sorry for you loss. May the God of comfort be with you and your family during this time. Also may the memories you share fill your heart with joy and bring a smile upon your face.
Revelations 21: 3,4
April 11, 2019
Mrs. Sylvia, Marcella and family,
Mr. Jim and Mrs. Sylvia welcomed us with open arms when the first time we met them we picked up our grandson Camerohn from Marcella. They accepted us as family. Every time I went to Marcella’s
or called I always asked about Mr. Jim and Mrs. Sylvia. He was a very intelligent man and a loving person.
I will miss him very much. Know that even though I can’t be there in person I am with y’all in spirit and in my heart.
Hugs, Prayers and Kisses
Love Brenda and Roy