Pastor Darryl Francois Cherry was very suddenly and peacefully granted his angel wings at his home, surrounded by his loving wife, Minister Mary Roberts Cherry, on Wednesday, June 19, 2020, while preparing to do what he loved best, which was preaching the Word of God to his Facebook congregation.
Pastor Cherry was born on February 1, 1965 to the late Bennie and Sarah (Wright) Cherry in Providence Rhode Island. He received his education in Somerset, New Jersey. He later attended University the of Phoenix where he studied Music Theory and Music Composition. He also attended Columbia University in New York City, where he became a member of The McCann-Erickson Worldwide Leadership Program in the school of Business.
Ministry and Music were always an integral part of Pastor Cherry’s life. His mother held a music degree from Morgan State University and taught piano. His father was an Ordained Minister and Minister of Music at Only Street Baptist Church in Providence Rhode Island. He also taught music at Brown University. With a love for music and ministry so richly instilled in him Darryl answered his call to the ministry and was licensed August 1988. In August of 1995, he was ordained under the leadership of Bishop C.M. Mason of the Church of God in Christ.
God used Darryl as a vessel to bless the lives of many people all over the world. Using social media as a platform to share God’s Word he developed the D.C. Real Talk Ministry. Through this Ministry he ministered to women concerning God, Love, and Romance. Throughout his musical career and his travels, he worked with several recording artists, such as Dorothy Norwood, Albertina Walker, and Troy Sneed, just to name a few. He was also the founder of the Covenant Community Mass Choir in Newark New Jersey, which held membership of over 80 members. Under his leadership the great choir opened up for national recording artist such as Take 6, John P Kee, and Vanessa Bell Armstrong.
He later made Cincinnati Ohio his home where he produced and recorded his first Gospel CD, entitled “In This Temple” with the Lincoln Heights Mass Choir, home of the Grammy Award Legend Charles Fold. He then migrated down south where he became the Minister of Music at St. John Baptist church “The Mighty Fortress” in Savannah, Georgia under the leadership of Rev. Dr. George P. Lee III.
It was there at St. John that he met a beautiful woman by the name of Mary Elizabeth
Roberts. They were matched by God and became husband and wife in November 2017. Mary Roberts was a licensed minster and this dynamic duo became a force to be reckoned with for the Kingdom of God. He served as minister of music to various churches such as Abyssinia Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Marc L. Williams Sr., Bethlehem Baptist Church under the leadership of the Late Dr. Wilson Scott Jr. and Second Arnold Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Richard L. Hall Sr.
After several years of serving as minister of music Pastor Cherry realized that there was a call on his life to become a Pastor. He accepted the call to become a pastor and was placed by God to Pastor Bennett Union Baptist Church in Jesup, Georgia. As Pastor of Bennett Union he was a member of the Wayne County Ministers Coalition. Under his leadership at Bennett Union a youth ministry was established. As a charismatic, loving Pastor it was not uncommon to find him spending time inspiring, motivating and being an encourager not only to the youth, but to anyone who needed him. Although he was a pastor, he continued to nurture his gift of music by continuing to play for various churches whenever he was needed.
Shortly after leaving Bennett Union, the world was hit by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Holding to his love of God’s word and the desire to share the Word, he started an online ministry through Facebook, where he not only taught Bible Study three days a week, but he also preached a fresh Word each day at 3pm.
Pastor Cherry, a phenomenally, highly anointed servant and gentle general in the army of the Lord touched many lives through his music, teaching, preaching and love for God’s people. He was truly a man after God’s own heart. A man of great integrity setting the example of what it means to serve God whole heartedly.
Preceding him in death were Bennie and Sarah (Wright) Cherry and Delvia Asley Miles.
He leaves to cherish his memories his loving devoted wife, Minister Mary Elizabeth Cherry; his six children, Darryl Cherry (Nicole) of Myrtle Beach South, Carolina; Benjamin Cherry of Roselle Park, New Jersey, Christopher Cherry of New York, New York; Delvickio Miles Jr., of Savannah, GA, his only daughter Alissa Cherry of Savannah Georgia; and Devon Cherry of Atlanta, Georgia; one granddaughter, Liz Cherry of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; two sisters, Yael Cherry of Bond Brook, New Jersey and Angelique Cherry of North Brunswick, New Jersey; close personal friends, Pastor Sheryl and Elder Herman Davis, Minister Christopher Priest and Minster Brandi Smith; his adopted mother Mrs. Della Ball; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends.
We celebrate the life and memory of Reverend Darryl Cherry whose death occurred Friday, June 19, 2020 at his residence.
Public Viewing will be held 1-4p.m. Friday, June 26, 2020 in the Chapel of Campbell & Sons Funeral Home
Graveside will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2020 in Offerman Cemetery in Offerman, GA
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