Edna E. Cherry, aged 89, of Newport News, VA, peacefully passed away on July 17, 2023, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was surrounded by her loving family during her final moments.
Born October 3, 1933, in Grimesland, NC, Edna was the beloved daughter of Encey Mae Cole and George Williams. At the age of 7, she moved to Balitimore, MD, with her mother and stepfather. It was there that she would meet her life partner, Lonnie B. Cherry, who she married on October 19, 1951. They shared a beautiful journey together for an impressive 65 year. From this union, came Constance Amos, Candance Cherry, and the late Debra Hines.
Throughout her life, Edna was a dedicated homemaker extraordinaire and also worked at Ft. Eustis for several years. She proudly supported her husband, Lonnie, during his 25-year service with the Army, becoming a veteran wife of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Edna actively engaged with the community and involved in the American Legion Post 368 and Denbigh Military Retirees Club ladies auxiliary. She found joy in playing bingo and solving word search puzzles, but her greatest pleasure came from serving others. Edna’s life was a true ministry, and she always volunteered whenever and wherever needed. She also cherished her role as a chaperone for field trips, not only for her children but also for her grandchildren.
Edna was a woman of kindness and grace, known for her attention to detail and her love for travel And adventures. Her spirit was bright, and she touched the hearts of many.
Edna E. Cherry is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lonnie B. Cherry, her mother, Encey Mae Cole, her bonus father, Nathan Cole Sr, and her loving daughter, Debra Hines.
She leaves behind cherished memories in the hearts of her daughters, Constance Amos and Candance Cherry; her brother, Nathan Cole, Jr.; her sister, Majorie Baker; as well as her adoring grandchildren: Earl Amos, Malachi Hines, Anthony Hines, Lonnie Hines, and Bianca Cherry. Edna’s legacy continues through her nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter, who will forever be inspired by her love and strength.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly request that memorials be given to the American Alzheimer’s Association. Your contribution will help support the ongoing fight against this devasting disease and honor the memory of a remarkable woman whose life was a testament to love, selflessness, and compassion.
As we say our final goodbye to our beloved Edna, let her loving spirit, selflessness, and unwavering dedication to family and community remain in our hearts. May her soul find eternal peace, and may her memory forever ignite a spark of compassion, kindness, and adventure within us, just as she exemplified throughout her extraordinary life.