Obituary: Herbert L. ‘Buddy’ Cherry

Posted by : admin | On : September 14, 2012

Herbert L. “Buddy” Cherry, 92, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Providence Hospital. A memorial service was held 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel with the Dr. Matthew Snowden officiating. Burial was 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Malakoff Cemetery.
Mr. Cherry was born to George and Cora Mae Cherry on Nov. 25, 1919, in Lone Prairie, Navarro County. He grew up on the family farm and attended Malakoff schools. Mr. Cherry married Kitty Erlene Smith on May 26, 1939. He served in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. After the war, he worked for Royal Chevrolet in Malakoff as service manager. In 1963, Mr. Cherry was selected as the first president of the Chevrolet Only the Best Club.
In 1965, he and his family moved to Waco where he worked for Steakley Chevrolet and later, Woody Jackson Chevrolet in McGregor. He was a member of North Waco Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Waco, having served both churches as a deacon. He was a member of the First Baptist Church committee for the formation of Baylor’s Truett Seminary, and was awarded the Baylor Alumni by Choice in 2000.
Mr. Cherry is survived by his wife of 73 years, Erlene; his children, Rita and James Bowden of Cranfills Gap, Kitty and Michael Laughlin of Temple, and Melissa Downey of Fort Worth; grandchildren Angela and Greg Gloff, Scott and Cami Grissom, Alan and Dana Bowden, Michell and Stuart Masters, Amy and Lee Strickhouser, Buddy Downey, and Josh Downey; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Truett Seminary or the charity of your choice. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in the “Memorial Guestbook” at