She was the third daughter of six children born to the late George Jr. and Ola Mae Jackson Taylor. Following illness, Cheryl transitioned to eternal life on January 3rd, 2019. Her family was by her side at the time of her passing at Johnson City Medical Center.
Cheryl attended Douglas School in her community and later graduated from Elizabethton High School in 1967. At a young age, Cheryl demonstrated natural talent for creative expression through art. In 1971, she won an art education scholarship award at the Elizabethton Art Show for her piece entitled “Mother and Child”. Her work was also on display at the Carroll Reese Museum at East Tennessee State University after winning another award in 1973.
Later in life, Cheryl became a dedicated employee of the Johnson City Medical Center retiring with over 35 years of service. During her tenure, she worked in several departments including the cafeteria and medical records.
Known for her authentic personality and wonderful smile, Cheryl was loved and adored by many. She greatly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren who affectionately called her “Via”.
Cheryl leaves to cherish her memory: “her girls” daughters Alicia Ray Saunders and Whitney Ray; grandchildren Kalyna Young, Jerry Saunders III, and Jasir Myrick; sisters Gretchen Taylor and S. Gail Brown (Bobby); brothers G. Benny Taylor (Ruby), Timothy Taylor (Natalie) and R. Jeffery Taylor (Elsie); aunt and uncle Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Jackson and a host of wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family will be receiving friends and expressions of love at her home 610 Hart St, Johnson City, TN.
A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Cheryl L. Ray, will be held at 2:00pm, Friday January 11, 2019 at Philippi Baptist Church in Elizabethton,TN. The family will receive friends from 1:00pm until 2:00pm at the church prior to the service.
Professional Services provided by Birchette Mortuary Inc. 219 E. Millard St. Johnson City, TN. 423-926-6013 http://www.birchettemortuary.com