Celebrating Lives

BENJAMIN FRANK CHERRY, SR.

BENJAMIN FRANK CHERRY, SR

Funeral Service:

Friday, January 18, 2019

Wake: 11AM;  Funeral:  Noon

Howell Funeral Home Chapel

10220 Guilford Road

Jessup, MD 20794

 

Interment:

Friday, January 18, 2019

Crownsville Veterans Cemetery

1122 Sunrise Beach Rd

Crownsville, MD 21032

 

Repast immediately follows:

Ridgeley Run Center

8400 Mission Road

Jessup, MD 20794

 

Obituary

Our beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend completed his service in this life after a fierce fight on January 9, 2019 at the Veterans Administration Hospital with his daughter Nikki and compassionate caregiver Paulette by his side. He is predeceased by his parents James Edward Horne and Jeannette Cherry (step-father Cary Joyner), sister Vera Ernestine Cherry (both of Norfolk, Virginia) and a brother William Barnes (wife Sandra) of New Haven, Connecticut.

Ben was born April 7, 1946 in Farmville, North Carolina.  He spent his younger days in North Carolina where his grandfather, Walter Cherry and family helped raise him. During his freshman/sophomore year in high school, he moved to Norfolk, Virginia and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School.  After graduating, he joined the U.S. Army in 1965 and earned a Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Two Overseas Bars, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Rifle Marksman. 

After his military career he eventually began what would be an extensive career in business and sales (insurance / mortgages but most extensively in car sales).  Ben’s warm smile and charming personality would aid him to be high successful in his professional life earning numerous awards and accolades during his career.

Ben encountered adversity in his health during his later years, but he continued to live every day as if it was his last and was determined to fight until the end.  He enjoyed watching his favorite teams the Washington Redskins, Washington Wizards, and his grandkids in their activities.  He also loved good food (including crabs) and the company of close family and friends.

Ben leaves to cherish his memory five children Antonio Faltz, Alonzo Faltz and Pamela Georges of Norfolk, Virginia, Benjamin F Cherry Jr. of San Antonio, Texas and Nikki Gwaltney (son-in-law Brian) of Columbia, Maryland; a sister Vivian of Farmville, North Carolina and a brother Linwood of Washington, DC.  He leaves behind 14 grandchildren Andre’ Elder, Sasha Gwaltney, Sevan Gwaltney, De’Andre Georges, Majestic Faltz, Anzia Faltz, Lia Perkins, Alonzo Faltz II, Kei Cherry, Chantz Cherry, Laila Bene’ Cherry, Zion Cherry, Brooklyn Cherry, Chozen Cherry, 2 great-grandchildren Amelia and Kahlia Perkins, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; of them a devoted niece Robin Livingston, cousin Carolyn Aduhene-Kwarteng, friends Margaret Jones, Naomi (Dee) Elder and devoted nurse and friend Paulette Northey.

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