Howard Cherry

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Howard Cherry, 79, known to most as Chief Cherry, passed away on January 31, 2018. Howard was born on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in Lexington, North Carolina and was a member of the Eastern Bank of Cherokee's. He was retired from Johnson Controls. Howard was a foster parent with Seraaj Family Homes for 18 years, a job in which he took great pride in helping to change the lives of many children, many of whom still kept in touch with him. It was a great honor for him to serve his county in the United States Army during the Vietnam era, and he was of the Baptist Faith. Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Howard T. and Viva Hudgins Cherry; two sisters, Naomi Kruse and Martha Shulman. He is survived by his wife, Mona Cantor Cherry; three children, Jerry Collins Jr. (Ginger); Shree Collins (and her friend, Dr. Phillip Austin), Shea Cherry Knight (Jim); 10 grandchildren, Ashley Barker Anderson (Dean), Tara Collins (fiancé, Thorsten Krick), Courtney Collins Carpenter (Robert), Michael "Barker" Haynes (Crystal) , Zachary Barker (finace', Rachel Caruso), Jacob Collins (Ana), Dylan Collins (Amber), Cantor, Taylor and Grey Knight; great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Emily, Preston, Madison, Veda, Connor, Jaden, Allegra, Jacie and Jazzie; and by one brother, Kenneth Cherry (Jeannie). Howard loved his family more than words can say. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Howard was a very private person, therefore a private service will be held at a later date.
Published in The Anniston Star on Feb. 4, 2018