Rev. Dr. James Lee Cherry, Sr.

  • Born: August 7, 1934
  • Died: July 29, 2020
  • Location: Gainesville, Virginia

Ames Funeral Home

8914 Quarry Road
Manassas, VA 20110

Tel. (703) 368-2814

Tribute & Message From The Family

The Reverend Dr. James L. Cherry, Sr. was born August 7, 1934 in Ronco, PA; the 10th child of Mr. William Cherry Sr. and Cordelia Cherry. He departed this life at his home in Gainesville, VA on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Dr. Cherry was a product of the Uniontown School District. He went on to earn degrees from Allegheny County Community College, Penn State University and the American Baptist Divinity School, to name a few. He served his country in the United State Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Born into a strong Christian family, he has been the Pastor of five churches in his 52 years of ministry: Rising Star Baptist Church, Adah, PA, Mt. Rose Baptist Church of Uniontown PA., Bethlehem Baptist Church, McKeesport, PA, The Nazarene Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA and Aenon Baptist Church of Rochester, NY. He was a proud covenant partner of Word Alive Church, Manassas, VA.

He was predeceased by his wife Eunice Chaney Cherry, parents, William and Cordelia Cherry, Sr., three brothers, 6 sisters, his son, Michael Keith Cherry and daughter, Paulette D. Lorick.
He is survived by one brother, Wesley Cherry, two sons, Rev. James L. Cherry, Sr. (Polly), Rochester, NY and Bishop Wesley T. Cherry, Sr. (Jan) of Marshall, VA and daughter, Alisa Joy Cherry of Gainesville, VA. His 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, along with a host of family, friends, church members, and colleagues.

The immediate Family of Reverend Dr. James L. Cherry, Sr. invite you to participate in the Cyber-Celebration of Life for their Beloved Father. A virtual viewing/visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 7, 2020 followed by the Home-going Service beginning at 10 a.m.
As we are still in the midst of a nationwide pandemic, this service is for immediate family only. However the family's desire is for all to be able to participate.

To view the service remotely, please click on the following link:


Condolence & Memory Journal

To Alisa and family, you have our sincere condolences on the loss of your father, Rev. Cherry. We will continue to pray for God's comfort during this time of bereavement and beyond.

Posted by Charles Robinson - Waldorf, MD - Friend   August 19, 2020

To the family of Rev,James cherry would like you all to know that both your parents always thought of us as part of their family. we love and appreciate them for being so dear to us. may god continue to bless and keep all of you. Charles, Viola, Erika and Erik Holmes

Posted by viola holmes - palmetto, FL - Friend   August 11, 2020

The good man brings good things. Luke 6:45 There is beauty in a man of God. In his face the humility of Moses is seen. In his voice the wisdom of Solomon is heard. And in his heart, the Spirit of God is home. Thank you for 34+ years of wisdom , knowledge , patience ,joy , laughter and Love.. to the Aenon Baptist Church and the Rochester Community at large. We are better Kingdom worshipers for having walked alongside the Romans Roads alongside of you. Thank you Cherry family for sharing your dad, daddy, pop, papa , affectionally aka ... Pop Cherry. God bless you All.

Posted by Karen Mathis - Rochester, NY - Family Friend   August 08, 2020

My condolences to the family. Thanking your family for blessing me while attending the Nazarence Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

Posted by Stephanie Jenkins - Philadelphia, PA - Acquaintance   August 08, 2020


He gave us the word, he supported our family, a good man, he supported the Petition For Prayer back to public schools. May GOD bless him eternally and comfort the family in this time remembrance. Loving memories and condolences from Barbara Wright and the Wright family (Charlotte NC, Rochester NY)

Posted by Barbara W - charlotte, NC - Family Friend   August 08, 2020


Prayers go out to the family...sending my deepest condolences...Pastor James L. Cherry Sr...will be truly miss.. ..

Posted by Anita Cato - Concord, NC - Family Friend   August 07, 2020


Posted by Malone - Manassas, VA - Friend   August 07, 2020

My. Condolences family. Rev dr. James. L cherry Sr He was a great man in Rochester New York

Posted by Eulenda Cummings - Rochester ny, NY - Friend   August 07, 2020

Our Prayers and Thoughts of Love Are With the Entire Cherry Family during this difficult hour. ....We sincerely send Strength and Comfort to each and every Family member during your hour of sorrow, your Father Was not just An Amazing Man but an Amazing Man Of God ; Love You Bishop & Lady Jan, Lisa Joy!.... I love to hear him say SHUT UPPP!....We Especially Love You Pastor James L. Cherry Jr. & First Lady Polly Cherry.....Humbly Submitted Prophet Pettway & Family

Posted by Joyce Pettway - Rochester, NY - Family Friend   August 07, 2020


Please accept our condolences for the loss of your loved one. Rev. Cherry was our pastor at the Aenon Missionary Baptist Church for more than 30 years and he and Mrs. Cherry were like family. He was a great man who did many great things for the community and will truly be missed. We loved him dearly and may he rest in peace!

Posted by Annie and Renee Graham - Rochester, NY - Family Friend   August 07, 2020

Dear family, my heart and prayers are with you all. I have fond memories of both your mother and father and they did a wonderful job raising what now are fantastic adults they were proud of for sure. We look forward to the time we will see them again. I send much love to you all!

Posted by Valerie Ward - Reynoldsburg, OH - Family   August 07, 2020


My Pastor Cherry is a good man whose steps were ordered by the Lord to help me along my journey to heaven Grace and peace to family and friends

Posted by John Hood - Miami, FL - Family Friend   August 07, 2020

Merian Grant-Smith
438 Arnett Blvd
Rochester, NY 14619

Posted by Merian Grant-Smith - Rochester, NY   August 07, 2020

Our condolences to the Cherry family.We are so happy to have shared Pastor Cherry in our lives,
he was a good friend and mentor for all of us Pastor will always be in our hearts.


Posted by Charles,Viola,Erika,Erik Holmes - Palmetto,, FL - Family Friend   August 07, 2020


Please accept our condolences during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathies go out to you & the entire Cherry Family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of Pop Cherry rest in peace. James & Lin Blakemore, King George, VA, Aug 07, 2020

Posted by James & Lin Blakemore - King George, VA - Family Friend   August 07, 2020

May your memories bring you and your family comfort. Rochelle Brock, Aenon Baptist Church Rochester NY August 7, 2020

Posted by Rochelle Brock - Rochester, NY - Friend   August 07, 2020

Thank Pastor for believing in the youth and truly exemplifying humility and manhood in your daily walk.

Posted by Demond Meeks - Rochester, NY - Student   August 07, 2020

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. We were blessed to has Rev Dr and Sister Cherry in our lives.

Posted by Rev Dr Norvel Goff, Sr - Charleston, SC - Friend   August 07, 2020

Love and will miss you Uncle Jimmy. Rest well!

Posted by Stephen Rutland - Durham, NC - Family   August 07, 2020

Sending love to my family! I miss my Uncle Jimmy.

Posted by Kelly Clark - Coventry, CT - Family   August 07, 2020

My deepest sympathy for your loss. Pastor Cherry has been and always in my heart.

Posted by Judith Garcia - Charlotte, NC - Family Friend   August 07, 2020

So sorry to hear about the passing of Pastor Cherry, he was a shining lightning darkness such a wonderful spirit. Sending my condolences to the entire family may God bless and keep you all.

Posted by Twanda Overton - SPRING HILL, FL - Friend   August 07, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Pastor Cherry passing May the family receive God's comfort and guidance. May the joy of the Lord Be Your strength.

Posted by Lorraine Henderson - Rochester, NY - Family   August 07, 2020


The Gunner and Muhammad Family sending our prayers and love to the Cherry Family. Please remember in 2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. We can always hear Rev. Cherry quote his favorite scripture in Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ : nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God,who loved me, and gave himself for me. We are going to miss him but he has taught us how to live for Christ Jesus. God Bless, The Gunner and Muhammad Family

Posted by Cynthia Gunner - Rochester, NY - Friend   August 07, 2020

Keeping the Cherry's Family in our prayer. Love Angela and Frank Bryol

Posted by Angela and Frank Bryol - Rochester, NY - Family Friend   August 07, 2020

May the Lord Jesus strengthen and comfort you family at this season. We loved this man of God so deeply and respected him with HIGH honor. He was Pop Cherry. Great Warrior, disciple, stateman and soldier in the army of the Lord. We love and will miss you Daddy /Pop Pop! He has truly left a legacy. Mittie & David Broadnax

Posted by Mittie Broadnax - Manassas, VA - Family Friend   August 07, 2020

my heart aches to know you are not here anymore but my soul rejoices that you are in the eternal blessed presence of the Lord. - your Music Minister Deborah Cox

Posted by Deborah Cox - Rochester, NY - Coworker   August 07, 2020

May the God of Peace and Comfort be with the family. Pastor Cherry was a Great Man of God!

Posted by Sharon Chandler - Friend   August 07, 2020

God has called a Gospel General home to Headquarters. Pop's warmth, smile, and wisdom will be missed. Praying for God's peaceful embrace for the entire Cherry family. Grace and Peace!

Posted by Elder Darian & Minister Gloria Hayes - Warrenton, VA - Family   August 07, 2020

Rev, & Mrs. Robert L Miller sr. 39 Jennie Lane Rochester, N.Y. 14606

Posted by Robert Miller - Rochester, NY - Friend   August 06, 2020

Sending peace to the Cherry family, peace that surpass understanding that only comes from God. Holding the family in the Light. Rev. Cherry's Spirit lives on. His memory will forever be in my heart.

Posted by Sondra Nettles-Lechebo - Fairport, NY - Friend   August 06, 2020

Our sincere condolences are with the Cherry family. Pastor Cherry will always be remembered as a loving pastor and great friend. We will remember all the great things he did for our family in our times of need. Pastor Cherry will always be our Pastor. With all our love and prayers are

Posted by Lula Johnson - Rochesterf, NY - Friend   August 06, 2020

We offer our sincere condolences to the Cherry Family. Pastor Cherry will always be remembered
for all the wonderful years he devoted to our family. Our prayers are with the Cherry Family. May God bless you all.

-Deacon Bobby and Altamease Ellis
and Sister Juanita Givens
Rochester, New York Aug. 6, 2020

Posted by Bobby Ellis - Rochester, NY - Family Friend   August 06, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Cherry Family. I am thankful to have had the pleasure of being in his presence on occasion, especially the fabulous Retirement Dinner that Aenon Baptist Church honored him with!!!! God Bless you all!!!

Posted by Phyllis Hale - Rochester, NY   August 05, 2020

Thank you for sharing pastor Cherry's home going services. He was a beloved pastor to me and my family. Always a joy and loved my dads ribs. I am thankful for his spiritual leadership and guidance. Blessing and comfort to the family. Love Audrey Porter Rosier

Posted by Audrey Porter Rosier - Jacksonville, FL - Friend   August 05, 2020

We would like to express our sincere condolence to the entire Cherry Family! your Father & Grandfather, has always been a great blessing to us as our Pastor and Spiritual Father! We are keeping all of you in our prayers.
Pastor Roger L. & Minister Madell H. Breedlove

Posted by Roger Breedlove - Rochester, NY - Family Friend   August 04, 2020

Please know that your family has our prayers and love during this time. We (Sims family) were born in Ronco and knew and loved Jimmy very much! We never missed a time when he and his choir would visit FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH of RONCO or miss any of his sermons! May God continue to bless your family with peace and love!

Posted by Florine Sims-Hairston - Cleveland, OH - Family Friend   August 04, 2020

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