Mrs. Bernice Cherry, also known as "Cherry", was born on December 29, 1913, in Chicago, Illinois. She was the younger of two children born to Patti Frye Saulsbury and Charles Kennedy Saulsbury. After her mother's death, Bernice and her sister Mary Lou relocated to Evanston, Illinois, and were raised by their mother's brother, Deacon James Frye of Second Baptist Church, and his wife, Deaconess Suella Frye.
Bernice graduated from Haven School in Evanston and Lincoln Ridge Institute in Kentucky. Bernice was united in marriage to Warren Cherry in June 1941. From this union, they has two children, a son Warren "Billy", and a daughter, Patty. Bernice joined Second Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Reverend I.A. Thomas. She enjoyed the fellowship at Second Baptist, where she developed long-lasting friendships and participated in all the activities and events.
One annual event was the Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale; some years her delicious homemade rolls were sold out in advance. After being a member for many years, her sister Mary Lou encouraged Bernice to join the Lady Auxiliary, where she served as President. Bernice was a homemaker and her first priority was the family. She was devoted to her children; they were her pride and joy. She and her husband Warren were founding members of the Hartrey Avenue Block Club, which was her home for over sixty years. And a good neighbor to all.
Bernice was preceded in death by her husband Warren, son Warren "Billy" and her sister Mary Lou Sain. She leaves to celebrate her life daughter Patty (Robert) Reece; three grandchildren: Lynn Hammell, Michael (Melissa) Cherry and Susan (Devin) Daniels; two great grandchildren: Courtney (Jeremy) Wolley and Gavin Daniel; cousin, John Frye; and many wonderful friends, including special friends Tina and Ron Dukes. The family is very grateful for Albert Gibbs, tremendous support and Lula Gibbs loving care for Bernice.
Arrangement entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Service, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette ~ Funeral Director