Gwendolyn L. Cherry

Born: Wed., Feb. 27, 1952
Died: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 27, 2019
Location: Lantz Funeral Home Inc.

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Dec. 27, 2019
Location: Lantz Funeral Home Inc.

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Gwendolyn (Gwen) Louise Cherry of Smock, PA was born to William and Delores Cherry on February 27, 1952 in Brownsville Hospital. This made her the loving sister to Yvonne, William (Billy), James, Sylvia, Stanley, Darniece, and Drena. She graduated Uniontown High School in 1971, and married Wardell David Barnes, Jr. later that year. On February 24, 1972, she became the proud mother to her first son, Wardell David Barnes III. Then, on September 18, 1973, she became the proud mother of Talvin Tyrone Barnes. Three years later, on July 16, 1976, she finally had a girl and became the proud mother of Keisha Michelle Barnes, but unfortunately, Keisha died shortly after her birth. She and her family moved to Grindstone in August of that same year. She was a strong and dutiful wife until her divorce. At which point, she became the best and strongest single mother anyone could ever hope for. She continued to raise her boys to become strong men. In 1991, she entered the work force as a Nurse’s Aide and continued in that field until she focused her talents on being a Home Health Aide. She continued in this field until her passing. Gwen was a member of the First Baptist Church of Smock, PA where she served in various capacities, and most recently as Church Secretary, Missionary, and Trustee. Meeting her on the next plane are her parents, William Alexander Cherry, Jr. and Delores (Jefferson) Cherry, sisters Yvonne and Sylvia Ann (Hungerford), brothers William Henderson and Stanley, her daughter Kiesha, and her son Talvin. She will be greatly missed by her brother James Clifton Cherry Sr. (wife Toni) and sisters Darniece and Drena, her son David (fiancé Jasma), grandchildren Talvin Richard Barnes and Miakoda Adanna Barnes, and great grandchildren Ahmaree and Ayriara, Winfield A. Thomas, and a host of other family and friends.

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Gwendolyn/Rev. Louis E. Ridgley
   Posted Mon December 23, 2019
Our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy to Rev. James, Sis. Toni, and all bereaved family members and friends. May God comfort you and provide the much-needed strength to endure the loss of your cherished loved one.
Gwen & (Rev.) Louis Ridgley

Shirley Jean Cherry
   Posted Tue December 24, 2019
Cousin Gwendolyn you are missed right now. I was just thinking of you the very day I saw you had passed. No need to worry, your legacy will live on. Nothing but kind words have I heard spoken of you. Rest easy now. My love, prayers and condolences to The Cherrys and Barnes family.

Dolores Snipes (Lois Ann)
   Posted Wed December 25, 2019
My heartfelt condolences go to the Cherry family. I am still in disbelief that such a sweet person is no longer with us. When I was a teenager Gwen was one of the children that I babysat. All of Lois and Williams children were like members of the Lee family. She will be greatly missed but I will always cherish the fond memories that I have of her.

Susan Eldridge
   Posted Thu December 26, 2019

Designers Choice was sent by Wes and Sue Eldridge.

Deepest sympathy to the Cherry family. Blessings in the name of Jesus, Wes and Sue Eldridge.

Wendy Thomas Sloan
   Posted Fri December 27, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Sending the Cherry family love and prayers. May God wrap His arms around you during this difficult time.

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