George Walter Cherry, Jr.

Sunrise: January 11, 1955

Sunset: June 25, 2024

On Tuesday, June 25, 2024, The Almighty God dispatched an angel to bring home the soul of our dearly beloved brother, uncle, and cousin, Deacon George Cherry Jr. He was the second son of the late George and Rose Cherry Sr. born January 11, 1955. He was taught and required to serve in the United House of Prayer at an early age by participating as a member of the Boy Scouts, playing the Trombone in the Norfolk Shout Band, and the trumpet in the Virginia State Marching Band. In 1974 he answered the call by Daddy McCollough to be an Elder as a 500 Number 2. In 1986 he joined the Deacon Board and despite his mental health challenges, he remained committed to the office of the Deacons. He received the gift of the Holy Ghost as a teenager. He served faithfully alongside his sister, Dollie Cherry, taking pride in the maintenance of the House of Prayer grounds. He became an inspiration to the community as he sat on Church Street, across from the House of Prayer and readily engaged in conversations with citizens about the goodness of the Lord. He also watched out for members attending service at Norfolk #1. He would routinely inform members if an entrance door was temporarily inaccessible. He was a participant in the Norfolk Community Services Program, Hospitality Center, for over 30 years.  He spoke before the City council as an advocate for mental health services and support within the community.

George was known for his boldness, never hesitating to speak his mind as he allowed the spirit to vent without restriction; even during family gatherings. He took on the role of leading prayers during Holiday meals and often spent at least five minutes in heartfelt prayer; causing other family members to glance at each other. George was also a very passionate writer. He would send various family members as well as House of Prayer family members letters sharing his life experiences and praising God’s goodness. George was proud of his family; whenever he was transported to an event, he would introduce whoever escorted him to complete strangers.

George Walter Cherry Jr. was predeceased by his parents, Deacon George W. Cherry Sr. and Sis. Rose Cherry and his brother, Bro. Samuel Cherry (Georgette). He leaves to cherish his memories, his sister St. Dollie Cherry, brother Bro. Jacob Cherry (St. Brenthia), sister St. Carrie Sunkins (Eld. Naymond). Nieces, Rose Sunkins, Tramaine Bailey (Kevin), LaToya Cherry, nephews; Kinch Cherry, Samuel Cherry Jr. Jacob Cherry Jr. and additional nieces and nephews, a great niece and 2 great nephews, cousins, and the Church Street Community.

A special acknowledgement to our Sister, Dollie Cherry for providing committed support to George over the past 32 years upon the death of our father.

George Walter Cherry Jr.’s legacy of compassion, faith, love, and dedication will forever be remembered in the hearts of those he touched and who were fortunate enough to know him.

Viewing Thursday, July 4, 2024 10:00am - 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service Friday, July 5, 2024 11:00am United House of Prayer for All People 1206 Church Street Norfolk, VA 23504 Interment Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6329 E Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23502

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    Trudy Schumpert says

    I am going to miss seeing him keeping the UHOP grounds cut or him sitting in front of the apartments. May God bless the family during this difficult time. Prayers for your strength.

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    Vee Howell says

    It was truly saddening to hear about our loss. Your brother George was a very caring and kind man. I loved to hear him read the Scripture. His voice and tone commanded your attention as he emotionally read God’s Word. My continued prayers for the Cherry family.

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    Taniyah Johnson says

    Sending my deepest condolences to the family… I didnt Know Mr Cherry personally, but I always Seen him sitting in his chair minding his business reading newspaper or something when I would pull up to the light almost everyday! He will truly be missed

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    Chrystall Elliott Smith says

    George was “MY FEIEND”! I will miss him FOREVER! PEACE & LOVE Cherry family! Love ❤️

    Chrystall Elliott

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      Robinson Family says

      Brother Cherry has always been a kind and loving soul. He will be deeply missed by all of us. Sending condolences to the family, I pray that God touches each of you with his hand of love and strengthen you during this time. My prayers to the Cherry Family. Love always 💜

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    Steven Hatchett says

    My condolences to the family I remember the mother and father he will be missed

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      Latrina Washington says

      Sending my Deepest Condolences!gonna miss seeing you at the light sitting out listening to your music.🙏🙏

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    C.Calloway says

    CONDOLENCES To this wonderful young man family. I will miss Mr.Cherry wave when I pass him daily.He gave me a piece of mind on my way to my support group.REST IN PEACE BROTHER CHERRY YOU Will Be MISS BY MANY.

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    Dorothy Askew-Etheridge says

    Holy! Holy! Holy! A true believer in God has transition.

    Family remember 🙏🏾 still works

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    St. Barbara Britt - Hinton & Family says

    To the family of Deacon George Cherry Jr, Weeping May Endure for a Night, but Joy Cometh in the Morning. Gracefully yours!

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    St. Ella Mae Mercer and Bro. Michael Gates and Family says

    To the family of Deacon George Cherry Jr. We send our heartfelt condolences during and after your hours of bereavement. To the family “Only what you do for Christ will last”

    Gracefully yours!

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    Milton Pugh says

    He will greatly be miss , I see him all the time I go that way

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