Cheryl C. Owens

Sunrise: March 10, 1960

Sunset: June 6, 2021

Cheryl Monique Saunders Clay Owens was born on March 10, 1960 to Clyde H. Saunders, Jr. and Juanita Saunders. She was educated in the Portsmouth Public School system. Cheryl had a heart for people, especially children. Her love for children led her to have a successful career as a school bus driver with Chesapeake Public Schools for 25 years.

In July 1982, Cheryl met the love of her life, Darryl E. Owens. Their beautiful courtship resulted in a God blessed union of 37 years. To that union were added two daughters.

The only thing that Cheryl loved more than her family was serving God. Cheryl grew up in Mount Zion Baptist Church and became an active member serving in ministries such as: the Choir, Youth Department and Holiday Program Coordinator, Vacation Bible School teacher, Sunday School teacher, Treasury Department and bus driver.

Her heart for serving the Lord led her to become a member of Little Zion Baptist Church. Cheryl was a faithful member serving as an usher, Sunday School teacher, Youth Coordinator, Finance team member and Vacation Bible School teacher. Even throughout her health challenges, Cheryl continued to be a faithful member of Little Zion Baptist Church until her peaceful transition.

Anyone with whom Cheryl came into contact with was invited to church; from students, co-workers, nurses, family members and friends.

Cheryl heard the loving voice of her savior and accepted His hand on June 6, 2021 joining her mother (Juanita S. Clay), step-father (Rev. Rayphield Clay), brother (Clyde “Sonny” H.  Saunders, III) and sister (Terry Saunders). To continue her legacy of faithfulness, Cheryl leaves her husband, Darryl E. Owens. Two daughters of which she was proud, Karen and Juanita Owens. A loving grandson who affectionately called her Nanu, Warren Owens, who was the joy of her life and her grand-dog, Cosmo.

Cheryl peacefully left behind her father Clyde H. Saunders, Jr. and her step-mother, Clementine.Also a dedicated mother-in-love, Fredia W. Burney. Cheryl also leaves behind sisters: Karen Earls (Rev. Dr. Robert Earls), Fern Speight (Clint), Connie Clay, Jackie Harrison (Faheem Salaam), Jeri Saunders-Ratcliff (Shalom) and brothers: Kevin Clay and Raynard Clay. Cheryl lovingly leaves a host of nieces, nephews ,cousins and great-nieces and great-nephews , uncles and aunts. Lastly, Cheryl left behind a host of friends.

The family would like to extend gratitude to Fresenius Kidney Care-North Suffolk location and Sentara Obici Intensive Care Unit staff.


Viewing Sunday, June 13, 2021 12:00pm - 5:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Monday, June 14, 2021 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens 3920 Airline Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance.

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    Dorothy Williams says

    May God’s peace be with you during this difficult season. Please accept our sincere condolences. We are praying for you.
    Manor High School
    Class of ’73

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    Jeffery Daye says

    We all know that this is a sad moment in one’s life, however, we all have the promise of the one that knows no failures, that we shall see our love ones again. Hold on to that promise for it will sustain you until that time come. This is not good bye, but see you later. God almighty has made a way for us all, death has lost its sting and we all can share in the glory of knowing that God is still in charge. My God’s blessings be with you all during the transition of your love one.

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    Priscilla Hankins says

    My heartfelt condolences to the family. Your family will forever be in my heart. I remember Cheryl as one of the most generous, kind hearted persons and a good friend. I will lift up the family in prayer that God may keep you during this difficult time.

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    Karen Sherrod says

    My sincere condolences go out to the Owens family.

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      Cathy Seymour says

      May the Lord our God Jesus Christ comfort your hearts and give you all His peace.

      The Seymour Family

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    MienLebchen Wilson says

    My Virginia Mother

    From the staff and her dedicated Technician “Mien”, Mrs. Owens will truly be missed by her Fresenius North Suffolk family and friends. We send prayers and heart filled condolences to the Owens family in this tough time and loss of Mrs. Owens. We love you all, continued prayers and Love to the entire family.

    Fresenius North Suffolk Staff,

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    RayNita Morrison Pitts says

    Rest in peace, Aunt Cheryl. You are with your mother again. Tell her I said “hello” and give her a big hug for me.

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    Sharon Fentress-Bussey says

    On behalf of the Fentress-Bussey family we send our heartfelt condolences and will continue to pray for your family’s strength during this difficult time.

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    Sharon RIDDICK says

    Rest in peace my dear friend. You will truly be missed. My sincere
    condolences to Darryl, Karen, Nita and Warren. I pray for strength
    and comfort for the family. And know that Earths’ loss is Heavens’ gain.

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    Corlette Turner says

    On June 6 2021 God call my friend of over 35 years to come home to be with him. My heart is happy because she Love God, and she is with her Mother, Rev Clay, brother, Sunny. May God bless. Her husband Darryl, daughter’s Karen, Nita, and grandson Warren who was her heart. God bless her sister’s and brothers and her family. She is with GOD.

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    Dana Owens says

    heaven has a beautiful angel..always had a kind word for me.. my sister in law was one of the nicest people in the world to me.. she’s truly going to be missed.. my condolences to my brother and his kids…and warren..with all my 💘 love.

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    Alma Anderson
    To Freida Burney and family. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your daughter-in law. I pray that you will find comfort in remembering her and the relationship you had.

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