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A street for Cherry

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cherokee Village's Industrial Drive has a new name in honor of a man who spent over 41 years working with the road department.

Cherokee Village Mayor Lloyd Hefley, Street Superintendent David Crayne and members of the Cherokee Village Street Department were present July 10 at the dedication ceremony for Jimmie Cherry Drive in Cherokee Village.

Cherry, who passed away suddenly at the age of 57 last September, served Cherokee Village working in different capacities for over 41 years. Cherry was employed by Cherokee Village when the city was a part of Cooper Communities, a suburban improvement district, as well as when the city became incorporated.

At the time of his death, Cherry had served as road superintendent for 25 years.

In remembering Cherry, current road superintendent David Crayne said, "Jim was definitely loyal and dedicated and had the best interest of Cherokee Village in mind." Crayne said that even after Cherry became ill, he and his wife Joyce would make trips, sometimes at night, to remove trees or animals from roadways.

Cherry worked with all the current full-time staff and Crayne said, "He hired most of them."

Present for the ceremony were Cherry's wife, Joyce, daughter Monica Bullard, and son Marcus Cherry and wife Brandi, along with grandchildren Molly Grace Cherry, Conner and Morgan Bullard.

Hefley presented Crayne with a plaque to place in the road department's shop to honor Cherry's service to the city.

Members of the road department unveiled the sign that will stand as a memorial of Cherry's dedication to Cherokee Village.

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I'm so glad the city honored the memory of Mr. Cherry in this way!

-- Posted by blessedmama on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 10:52 PM

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