Born 8-17-1929 -- Died 8-25-2003
Wilma Fern Cherry, daughter of the late Van Buren and Martha Priscilla Cozort Armstrong, was born Aug. 17, 1929, in Morriston, Ark., and died Aug. 25, 2003, at Mountain Home, Ark., at the age of 74 years.
She was united in marriage July 30, 1945 in St. Louis, Mo., to James Lee Cherry.
She was a homemaker and worked as a sales clerk for Forschler's Department Store for several years. She especially enjoyed being surrounded by her large family and fishing.
She was a member of the Church of Christ in Mammoth Spring.
Survivors include three grandchildren -- Cindy Bennett of Thayer, Ronald Hurtt of Tupelo, Miss., and Brian Hurtt of Thayer; three great-grandchildren -- Amanda and Les Johnson of Mammoth Spring and Jacob Bennett of thayer; seven siblings -- Geneva Smith of Thayer, Veneda Dillard of Orion, Mich., Cloyce "Vern" Armstrong and his wife, Madge, of Ulysses, Kan., Cleatus "Pete" Armstrong and his wife, Lorene, of Thayer, Nadine Smith and her husband, Bob, of Seligman, Mo., Elsie Holman of Thayer, and David Armstrong and his wife, Loretta, of Round Rock, Texas; two sisters-in-law -- Lucille Cherry of Thayer and Marie Cherry of Pocahontas, Ark.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two children -- Wilma Jean Hurtt and James Lee Cherry Jr.; a sister, Jeannette Romine; an infant sister, Thelma Armstrong; a sister-in-law, Louise Cherry; and seven brothers-in-law -- Claude Smith, Roy Romine, Bob Holman, Elmer Dillard, Audie Russell and Clyde Cherry.
Services were Aug. 28 at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Ted Clarke officiating. Burial was in the Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Mo., with arrangements under the direction of Carter Funeral Home Inc. of Thayer.
Pallbearers were Norman Cozort, Doug Armstrong, Keith McFann, Therman Smith, Sean Langston and Ken Smith.
Honorary pallbearers were Chet Armstrong, John Armstrong, Bob Smith.