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Rev. Dr.  James  Lee Cherry, Sr.

Obituary for Rev. Dr. James Lee Cherry, Sr.

August 7, 1934 - July 29, 2020
Gainesville, Virginia | Age 85


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.

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