James O. Cherry, 72, MTA supervisor

September 01, 2006

James O. Cherry, a retired supervisor for what is now the Maryland Transit Administration, died of a heart attack Saturday at Garrett County Memorial Hospital in Oakland. The longtime Reisterstown resident was 72.

Mr. Cherry was born in Baltimore and raised there and in Windsor, N.C. He served as an Air Force mechanic from 1953 to 1957.

He became a bus driver for the old Baltimore Transit Co. in 1957 and was promoted to instructor. He was a supervisor at the old Mass Transit Administration's Bush Street Terminal when he retired in 1997.

Mr. Cherry enjoyed assisting his elderly neighbors, driving them to medical appointments and on errands. He was also an avid flower gardener.

He liked listening to and collecting jazz CDs, but had "wide-ranging tastes in music," said his daughter, Lydia Marshall of Catonsville.

Mr. Cherry was a member of Mount Pleasant African Methodist Episcopal Church, 25 Tollgate Road, Owings Mills, where services will be held at noon today.

Also surviving are his wife of 44 years, the former Katherine McCormick; two other daughters, Shayna Johnson of Baltimore and Leah Moore of Randallstown; two sisters, Precious Bethea and Ha'Nan El Amin, both of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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