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On July 1, 2022, God in His infinite wisdom whispered Cheryl’s name, our most Precious One, calling her home to Glory. Cheryl Perry Jones was a beloved wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, godmother, sister, aunt and friend to many.
Cheryl P. Jones was born on December 8, 1958, in Chesapeake, Virginia. She was the second child born to the Alton Bernard Couther Sr. and Rose Jean Johnson. Cheryl was preceded in death by her father Alton Bernard Couther Sr. and two brothers Gregory Leonard Couther Sr. and Michael Curtis Johnson.
She was educated in Chesapeake Public Schools and later graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia. She furthered her education at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Cheryl received her early Christian education in the family home and at the Tabernacle Young People’s Organization at the Tabernacle of God Holiness Church of Divine Healing in Norfolk, Virginia. As a child, Cheryl memorized scriptures and participated in church activities. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age. Throughout her lifetime her love for Christ and His teachings were never ending. She epitomized I Corinthians 15:58: Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
Cheryl was employed by the Bank of America early in life. She eventually began working at Household Finance Company where she worked for several years before eventually retiring. Not one to become sedentary; Cheryl decided to reenter the workforce. She took her bubbly personality and bright smile to Checkered Flags’ car dealership where she worked in customer service. Prior to her passing; she was employed by Fusion Soul Café and Catering. She enjoyed interacting with others and brightening their day. We also cannot forget when she was Bubbles the Clown appearing at birthday parties and other events. She has left a lasting impression on her co-workers and the community. Everyone she encountered and everything she touched will forever be beautiful.
Later in life and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, she joined Love Center Family Church in Suffolk, Virginia under the leadership of Apostle Joseph Hill and Pastor Debra Hill. It was there that she continued to grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ. Cheryl was a devoted Christian and she proudly shared the love of God with everyone she encountered.
Cheryl was faithful to the ministry. She became a licensed minister and an ordained elder at the Love Center Family Church. She had an abiding love for her pastors and the Love Center Family Church. As an active member of her church for 25 years, Cheryl served on several ministries: the Board of Trustees, Secretary, Director of Student Ministries and the Royal Priesthood Choir.
More than a pastor and ministry leader; Pastor Debra Hill was Cheryl’s best friend and spiritual sister. Pastor Debra fondly refereed to Cheryl as Queen Adore. They traveled together, often laughing endlessly while sharing in each other’s joys and sorrows. Cheryl called it “creating memories”. The two shared a dedicated prayer life. Cheryl truly cherished their unwavering friendship.
Moreover, Cheryl was a loving wife and mother who adored and cherished her family and friends especially her children and grandchildren. She was quick to remind them of the power of words all the while speaking encouragement and positivity into their lives daily. You could hear her often saying, Remember the power of your words, make good choices, serve others in love, and pursue God’s purpose for your life with passion. Philippians 2:13: for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
She was a ray of sunshine with a smile that would light up a room as darkness had no place in her presence. She was a lighthouse of hope to those overcome by life always shining brightly. Cheryl was the definition of royalty, a queen in her own right. She was known to address others with the title of Queen and King. With a pure heart and a humble spirit those that encountered this beautiful woman thought of her as an angel on earth as she consistently displayed God’s love, grace, and mercy. She poured out unselfish love every day to everyone.
Cheryl leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Rose Jean Johnson and stepfather, Otho Johnson of Chesapeake, Virginia and mother-in-love, Onita Jones of Chesapeake, Virginia. Her husband of 25 years, Theodore Jones, one daughter, Quiana Perry Claiborne (Lawrence Jr.) of Chesapeake, Virginia, four sons Dwight Arnold Perry Jr. (Tara) of Independence, Missouri; Darnell Alexander Perry (Edna) of Buda, Texas; Dominique Antoine Perry of Chesapeake, Virginia; and Christopher Terrell Jones of Richmond, Virginia; and a bonus daughter, Ebony Sharice Malone of Portsmouth, Virginia. In addition, Cheryl leaves behind 16 grandchildren: Chelsea D. Claiborne, Lawrence G. Claiborne III., Lex G. Claiborne, Christian A. Musch, Yair A. Perry, Deziy’A N. Martin, Makaila E. Perry, Mackenzie B. Claiborne, Dayna A. Perry, Skylar N. Perry, Dezontae N. Martin, My’Angel B.N. Perry, Jesiah D.A. Perry, Malaysia M. Perry, and Imani M. Israel. 6 bonus grandchildren: Peter X. Malone, Troy B. Malone Jr., Leyton A. Malone, Jocelyn Z. Malone, Tyler G. Malone and Ivy C. Smalls; and three great grandchildren: Braden G. Claiborne, Emma R. Claiborne, and Isabella J. Labon.
Cheryl loved all of her siblings and had personal relationships with each one of them. She leaves behind two brothers: Alton B. Couther of Chesapeake, Virginia and Nickolas M. Johnson (Latonya) of Norfolk, Virginia. Eight sisters: Rebecca L. Johnson of Chesapeake, Virginia; Ophelia J. Madden of Winterville, North Carolina; Raja L. Pryor (Lorenzo) of Chesapeake, Virginia; Gwendolyn M. Johnson of Maywood, Chicago; Jacqueline A. Johnson of Maywood, Chicago; Beverly Howard (Ronnell) of Henrico, Virginia; Maxine Y. Johnson of Broadview, Illinois; and Lisa M. Johnson of Broadview, Illinois. Cheryl leaves behind one god sister Babi Harris (Kenneth) of Trenton, New Jersey and one godson Michael Andrews (Melissa) of Morrisville, Pennsylvania. She also leaves behind a close friend of 30 years Cathy Vick (Corniellus) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loving family and friends.
Cheryl will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow,
but remember me in every tomorrow,
Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles,
I’ve only gone to rest a little while.
Although my leaving causes pain and grief,
my going has eased my hurt,
and given me relief.
So dry your eyes and remember me,
Not as I am now, but as I used to be,
Because, I will remember you all,
And look on with a smile.
Understand in your hearts,
I’ve only gone to rest a little while.
As long as I have the love of each of you,
I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.
Remember; I’ll see you later.
I love you always my Kings and Queens….