Joy Faye Cherry McBride Joy was born in Gary, Texas on April 8, 1928 to Vera and James Claude Cherry and entered her heavenly home on November 8, 2012. She was a longtime resident of Beaumont, having moved to the area as a teen. She graduated from Beaumont High School and attended Chenier Business College. She began her career as an assistant to Hewitt Roddy, General Manager of Hotel Beaumont during its heyday when many of the Big Bands entertained in the Sky Room and the Rose Room. Joy later worked for Ramie Griffin in the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office before moving to the United States Probation Office. Joy then became a Clerk of Court in the United States Clerks Office for United States Federal Judge Joe J. Fisher. After retiring from the U.S. Government she began working at Nell Mc Callum & Associates. Joy studied voice for many years and aspired to sing opera however a bout with Tuberculosis as a teen shattered that dream. She continued to enjoy concerts, theatre, gardening, and entertaining throughout her life. Joy received the greatest happiness from her deep love of her family(human & feline), friends and deep and abiding faith in the Lord. Joy was proceeded in death by her beloved brothers, J.C. Cherry of Houston and Joshua Cherry of Beaumont. She is survived by her daughter Leah and son in law, Steve Gomez, as well as her beloved sisters, Zelma Cherry Sargent of Littleton, Colorado and Novie Cherry Hargett of Angleton, Texas. Services for Joy will be held at Levingston Funeral Home, 2001 Nall Street, Port Neches, Texas 77651 on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Visitation will be from Noon-2 , Funeral Services will begin at 2 p.m.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Nov. 11, 2012