Otha Lee Sherrill, Jr.
Otha Lee Sherrill Jr. was born September 24, 1931 in Statesville, North Carolina to the late Otha Lee Sherrill Sr. and Bertie Sherrill-Brown. He departed this life on June 1, 2021 at the North Carolina State Veterans Home, Black Mountain, North Carolina where he transitioned to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His education career began in South Hill, Va. After the first year of teaching, he was drafted into the US Navy. After completing his military service, he was employed by Mooresville City School System, where he taught Physical Education, Social Studies, and coached basketball. In 1962, Asheville City School System hired him to teach at Hill Street for one year for the infamous Mrs. Rita Lee; he then transferred to Stephens-Lee High School. He taught at South French Broad High School where he was appointed Dean of Boys and Assistant Principal. In 1969, when South French Broad and Lee Edwards merged, he continued as Assistant Principal and Dean of Boys through 1973. Also, in 1973, he became principal at William Randolph Elementary School. After leaving Randolph, he was transferred to Hall Fletcher Middle School. His final move was to Asheville High School where he served as Co-Principal until his retirement in 1989.
He is survived by his son Keith Sherrill (Yerly) of Charlotte, NC; brother James Brown (Elizabeth) and sister Mary Daniels, both of Statesville, NC; brother-in-law Otis Forney of Monroe Township, NJ; grandchildren Alexander Thompson, Raushanah Washington, Joy Washington, Rashad Washington Jr., Rhema Israel Washington, Hayes W. Patterson, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
A Homegoing Celebration for Mr. Otha Lee Sherrill Jr. will be held Saturday June 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Mills Chapel Baptist Church in Black Mountain. Interment and Naval Military Honors will follow at the New Oak Grove Cemetery. Mr. Sherrill will lie in repose on Friday June 11 from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Hart Funeral Service. The family will receive guests at Mr. Sherrill's home located at 111 East Street in Black Mountain.