Maxine Cherry

Sunrise: September 5, 1954

Sunset: January 8, 2024

On angel’s wings on the evening of January 8, 2024, God bidded his daughter, Maxine Cherry, to come home and be at rest while at Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Virginia.

Max, as she was affectionately called, was born on September 5, 1954 to the late Elsie Mae Vinson Cherry and the late Brodis Webb Cherry, in Bertie County, North Carolina. After the passing of her mother, she was reared by her maternal Auntie, Aunt Doris Mae Joyner.

Maxine was educated via the Portsmouth Public Schools and graduated from the infamous I. C. Norcom High School, in 1972.  She furthered her education and matriculated into Cortez Peters Business College and American University, both in Washington, D. C.

Her employment experiences span a wide variety of areas.  While in D. C., she was employed at American University, the Department of Labor, and at The Washington Court Hotel as the Director of Human Resources.  She later relocated to Virginia where she worked for the Virginian Pilot for almost 30 years. She also worked for the City of Chesapeake in the Child Support Services Department for 2 years.

While Max was a hard worker, she played equally as hard as her hobbies included but were not limited to styling hair for which she was licensed, reading, and having fun with her family.  Playing spades was her speciality and she was an avid Eagles Football fan.

In 1988, Maxine gave her heart to Jesus and was baptized by the late Apostle Dallas Ellis, Sr.  She attended Twine Memorial Holy Temple with Aunt Doris for several years. Later, she joined UFGRCIM Chesapeake under the leadership of Sr. Pastor Janet B. Ellis.

Maxine was preceded in death by both her parents, Brodis Webb Cherry and Elsie Mae Vinson Cherry, as well as by her aunt, Doris Mae Joyner.  Moreover, her brother, Brodis Webb Cherry, Jr. and her sister, Dana Cherry.

In addition, Travis Melvin Daniels (Lauren’s father) transitioned in death prior to Maxine.

She leaves to cherish her memories, one daughter, Lauren Tramel Daniels of the home, two sisters: Linda Starks (Terry) of Severn, MD and Latasha Evette Cherry of Maryland; four aunts: Dorothy Elaine Jenkins of Philadelphia, PA, Apostle Olivia D. Sharp of Portsmouth, VA, Rosa Mae Cherry Patterson of Washington, D.C. and Erma Cherry of Florida. Also, she has a host of nephews, cousins, great nieces and nephews, and dear friends who will always be her extended family.

Viewing Tuesday, January 16, 2024 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Celebration of Life WATCH SERVICE LIVE ON METROPOLITAN FACEBOOK PAGE Wednesday, January 17, 2024 11:00am United Full Gospel Revival Center 1225 Old Deep Creek Blvd. Chesapeake, VA 23323 Laid To Rest Meadowbrook Memorial and Cremation Gardens 4569 Shoulders Hill Road Suffolk, VA 23435

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    Carrielene Pugh says

    I have known Max’s for 57 years. I met her when we were in the 6th grade. We have been very good friends every since. When I learned of her passing my heart just ached. Maxine was more than a friend…we were sisters. God has truly picked a beautiful flower to put in His Garden. Sleep on my beloved sister. I love you so Max, but God loves you best. My deepest condolences to Lauren, Aunt Piggy and the entire Cherry Family. MAXINE WILL BE DE??TRULY MISSED!!

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    Melvin Lowe says

    Maxine was a pure angel, since I heard she had passed I have not been able to sleep a single night. I Will Always Love You. ❤️ Rest in peace my love.
    Lauren and your entire family have my deepest sympathy and condolences as always I’m praying for you and the family.

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    Karen J Sweeney says

    Lauren, Aunt Piggy and family,
    My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mommy, niece, family member.
    Man I loved Max!! It is my confidence that Maxine is with the Lord that allows me to physically let go. I know it won’t be that easy for you but please you hold on to her love.
    Maxine was my friend, my confidant and my sister in Christ. She was kind, loving, strong, intelligent, articulate, and a ton of other adjectives.
    I will continue to lift your family in prayer and I hope the peace that Maxine always demonstrated will continue to keep you comforted. Max didn’t talk the talk she truly walked the walk. She was special, and I will miss and love her always.

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    Wanda Williams says

    I Truly Enjoyed Working With Maxine At The Chesapeake Child Support Office Several Years Ago. She Was A Wonderful Friend And She Will Be Missed By So Many People. I Am Sending My Prayers And Condolences To Her Family And Friends.

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    Veronica C. Brooks says

    Rest In Peace my dear cousin.

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    Liz(Elizabeth)Lamb says

    My heavenly Father knew I needed a true friend and He sent Max over 50 years ago. He made it possible that we were never lost from one another. Even when we didn’t talk for months, we just pick up where we left off. Sharing child raising challenges, family ties, employment issues, we shared so much. I remember helping you pack your car when you left Maryland and moved to Chespeake, with Lauren in tow. I was deeply sadden my friend was moving away, but I knew it wasn’t so far that we wouldn’t see each again. On Thursday, January 8th, My Lord, called you home, where I won’t see you again in Maryland or Chesapeake.But you will always be in my heart, and thank you for so many adventures and memories, which I will keep tucked away in my heart. I love you, Max. God knew you were tired, and He did not want you to suffer any longer….what a merciful God.
    Lauren, your Mommy loved you very much and she was so proud of the young lady you have become. Much love to you, Linda, Aunt Piggy and the family.

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    Glenda says

    I will surely miss you Max, you were my first supervisor after relocating here to Virginia, 21 years ago. This news hit me hard and I still can’t believe it. We shared so much. To Lauren and the rest of the family. Please accept my condolences, Max was a gem.

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      Natalie Cherry & Family says

      Matthew 5:4
      ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

      Sending my heartfelt condolences to the Cherry Family.and Friends.
      Maxine was a beautiful person who touched the lives of many.. May you find comfort in the cherished moments you shared together. Maxine’s smile will live in our hearts forever!. Take your rest. My thoughts and prayers be with you 🙏

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    Renate Joe says

    To Lauren and all of Maxine’s family, I send my sincere condolences. Maxine was a beautiful person inside and out. I always use to tell her she should be toothpaste commercials because her smile was so bright. Rest in peace. You will be missed.

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    Claudette Watkins says

    I am sending my most heart felt condolences to the family. I pray that God gives you the strength, comfort and courage to manage the feelings of loss and grief during this time. Maxine, will surely be missed, as much as she was loved. I remember our last conversation last year, where she made me smile and laugh. She had a way of doing that for me. She was a bright soul with a great spirit. God bless you all.

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    Bruce Cherry says

    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. — 2 Corinthians 1: 3-5

    From your cousin Bruce, Eric, and Carolyn of Baltimore Maryland…

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    Sylvia and Pete Ricks says

    To the family of Maxine Cherry .Sylvia and Pete Ricks knew Maxine from both the Portsmouth and Suffolk news papers .We are so sorry for your lost God let her hold on for some time but now she is resting in his arms .We will be praying for Maxine”s family for strength and safety as they carry on her warm sweet and gentle sprit that she passed on.

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    Shirley Cherry says

    My sincere condolences to the family of Maxine. Maxine, we met over 40 years ago at the Bank of Commerce by Mr. Sinkfield. We knew we were related the moment we met. We experienced tough times and some good times. You will be greatly missed.
    Shirley Cherry

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