God in his infinite wisdom called our loved one Beulah Odessa Phillips cherry from this life on February 4, 2019. We bow in humble submission to his holy will.
Odessa, as she was called, was one of eight children, born April 2, 1926 in Martin County North Carolina to the late Ernest and Ada Stancil Phillips.
Odessa accepted Christ at an early age being a member of James Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and its Helping Hand Ministry Cavalier Manor Senior Citizen Club and American Legion Post 190 with hundreds of hours volunteering at the Veterans Hospital and as a counselor at the Christian Broadcast Network.
Odessa received her early education in the public schools in North Carolina, later attending Tidewater Community College after locating to the Portsmouth area. She retired from Thomas B. Hargrove Education Center with 19 years of service as a Paraprofessional (Educational Specialist).
Formerly, she was married to the late Frank M. Cherry for 38 years. To this union, four children were born. Her family was the joy of her life. She always put God first followed by education as foundations for their future growth and development. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she preceded in death by her son, Maurice L. Cherry (married to Cassandra Brabble), three sisters: Contelia Harrell, Lorraine Richardson, and Betty Perry; and three brothers: Ernest Phillips, Jr., Lyman Phillips, and Arland Phillips.
She is survived by a brother, Larry W. Phillips; two sons, Charles E. and Eric Wayne Cherry; and a daughter, Demeitra A. Marks. She is also has four grandchildren and six great grandchildren, Mark C. Cherry (father Charles) father of Jordan, Cameron, Devon and Peyton; Tamara A. Carroll (father Charles) mother of Tyson and Mason; Marquis Marks (mother Demeitra), and Cameron Cherry (father Eric).
Odessa had many caring extended family members/relatives and friends with a special endearing friendship with Mrs. Claudine Phillips.