Cherry O'Neal Formby, discovering that she had breast cancer in 1981 courageously fought the progression of the disease for 29 years until she finally succumbed on her 76th birthday on July 29, 2010.
She was an accomplished artist, mainly in oils and more specifically in stained glass art and created many stained glass windows, clocks, and other art pieces. She loved sewing and was an avid reader of historic novels.
Cherry was born and raised in Dyersburg, Tennessee to Henry S. Newnam and Peggy O'Neal Newnam. She went to Memphis following graduation from High School where she attended Business School and worked for the General Electric Distribution Center. There she met her first husband, Bobby Wayne Glenn. They enjoyed 27 years of marriage, raising two children and traveling extensively to Japan and throughout the United States where his duties as an officer in the U.S. Air Force took them. He preceded her in death in 1980.
In 1984 she married television executive Clyde A. Formby of Austin, Texas. With his profession they traveled throughout the United States until retiring in 1998, when they relocated to Marble Falls, Texas.
Cherry is survived by her husband; son Michael O. Glenn and wife Kaye of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and daughter Amy L. Summars and husband Daniel of Lewisville, Texas; step daughter Debra M. Griffith and husband Steve of Cypress, Texas and step-son Michael D. Formby of Honolulu, Hawaii. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
Visitation will be from 3-5 P.M. Sunday, August 1, 2010, at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble Falls, Texas. Graveside service and interment will follow on Monday, August 2, 2010, at the Marble Falls City Cemetery with The Reverend David Sugeno of Trinity Episcopal Church in Marble Falls officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions should be made to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be made by visiting www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com
Gladys Elizabeth Jones Yandell departed to her heavenly home on July 1, 2010 while residing at Hillcrest North Health Center in Knoxville, TN. Gladys grew up in Newbern, TN, the daughter of Jack and Beulah Jones. She graduated from the University of TN Martin where she was a Campus Scholar, Campus Beauty, and cheerleader. She later graduated from Northeastern Illinois University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. Gladys married William Edgar Yandell from Jackson, TN. They lived in the Chicago area while Dr. Yandell served several Methodist churches. Gladys worked as a Real Estate Agent in Lake Forest, IL. Following her retirement, she resided on Monroe Street in Newbern for twenty years.
Left to mourn her passing in addition to her husband are her daughter, Faith Tapp, her husband Gary, granddaughter Kim Webb, grandson in law Brad Webb, and great granddaughter Grace Webb; son Mark Yandell, his wife Melody, granddaughter Taylor and granddaughter Katie Rose; son Kent Yandell, his wife Darlene, grandsons Jack and Scott, granddaughters Laine and Claire. Especially loved by Gladys; lifelong friends Joyce Cooley, Martha Jean Weatherly, Mary Bernice Grimm, and nieces Debbie Davis and her family of Dyersburg and Paula Davidson and her family of Newbern. Gladys was a loving mother and grandmother as well as a delightful friend to her friends. She had many interests including sports and travel. She traveled worldwide with her husband. Bill and Gladys played golf, tennis, bowling and swam. She has camped and hiked all over the US. UT football and The Bears were her favorites as well as the CUBS.
Gladys' memorial services will be held July 25, 2010 at 5:00 PM at Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, TN with Senior Pastor Rev. Andy Ferguson officiating; August 28th at 10:30 AM at Grace United Methodist Church in Lake Bluff, IL with Rev. Yandell officiating. Her graveside service will be conducted by her husband, Dr. William Edgar Yandell and will be held in Newbern, TN.
For those wishing to make memorials, her favorite charity is Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1978, Dyersburg, TN 38025. Gentry-Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Yandell family. You may sign the online guestbook at www.gentrygriffeyfuneralchapel.com.