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NEWPORT NEWS - Ray Cherry, born in Whitakers (Edgecombe County), N.C. on Sept. 8, 1951, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at Riverside Hospital in Newport News.
He was a graduate of Phillips High School in Battlesboro, N.C. He then relocated to Virginia to be with family and to pursue a career. After obtaining several recommendations from doctors and subordinates, he applied at the School of Practical Nursing and was accepted. Ray Cherry was the first black male to graduate from that program in 1971. The article in the Daily Press called him a pioneer in the field of nursing for men. He graduated from Thomas Nelson Community College, in 1984, with an Associate's Degree, majoring in Nursing. Mr. Cherry was asked to be on the Board of Admissions/Advisory for the School of Practical Nursing and he accepted. Mr. Cherry retired October 2001, after 32 years and one month of dedicated service.
Mr. Cherry was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille Cherry-Warren; his father, Ray Armstrong; maternal grandfather, Edward Cherry; his maternal grandmother and step-grandfather, who raised him, Lillie Mae Bryant and James Bryant; his paternal grandparents, Jake and Elenora Armstrong.
He leaves to cherish his memory one daughter, Latonya Yvette Cherry of Hampton; four granddaughters, Tyletha Cherry, Brittany, Shakira and Shakima Green of Hampton, Va.; two great-grandchildren, Amari Nymere Johnston and Imani Nicole Green of Hampton, Va. He also leaves his two sisters, Glenice Cherry of Rocky Mount, N.C., and Magistrate Wanda Cherry Ashcraft of Newport News, Va.; one niece, Tamiko Cherry of Newport News, Va.; four aunts, Lillie Bea Knight of Newport News, Va., Lossie Marie Dupree of Whitakers, NC., Mollie Lewis (Sam) of Parkway, N.Y., and Anna Dunn of Greensboro, N.C.; two uncles, Eddie Cherry (Shirley) and Morris Lee Cherry of Newport News, Va.; special cousins, Mae Alice Corbin, Roosevelt Key, and Calvin Cherry; special friends, Lloyd A. Barner, Joe Johnson, Allen Stone, Jessie Benthall, Toni Lane and Tomas Castillo; and a host of family and friends. Mr. Cherry will be missed by all who "really" knew him.
At Mr. Cherry's request, a direct cremation will be performed. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at Nickelson-Cummings Funeral Home. Professional services are entrusted to the staff of Nickelson-Cummings Funeral Home at 4304 Victoria Boulevard, Hampton, VA 23669, phone number: (757) 728-0122. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2011
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