M. Youngblood

M. Gene Cherry Youngblood

Wednesday, May 11th, 1927 - Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
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CHESAPEAKE- Born Merle Gene Jones on May 11, 1927 in Tyrrell County, NC to the late Blanche and Dewey Jones, passed away September 25, 2019. "Gene" as she was known to friends, moved with her family from NC to Chesapeake, VA in the early 1940's and resided there most of her life. On April 1, 1950, she married Charles E. Cherry, Jr. and they remained married until his death in 1983. She was remarried to Joe Frank Youngblood in 1986 and they remained married until Joe's death. Gene was first employed in Norfolk by a major railroad company and she later kept books for a succession of small companies until she went to work for Catalytic Generators, Inc as the controller where she worked for over 20 years. Gene was active in her community. She was a longtime member of Rosemont Christian Church and she was active in the Chesapeake Pilot Club and the Berkley Chapter of the Eastern Star. Gene was a supportive and caring Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend. Anyone who knew her loved her and she will be missed.

Gene is survived by her son, Charles E. Cherry, III (Ann); grandson, Caleb E. Cherry; sister, Frances Jones Skoog; brother, Bobby Jones; nieces, Jennifer Mason, Karen Skoog, Leath Douglas, Bobby Liz Jones, Gwen Triplett and Toni Praznik and numerous other loving family and friends.

A service to celebrate her life will be held on October 1, 2019 at 2pm at Graham Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1112 Kempsville Rd, Chesapeake. Burial will follow at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, September 30th from 6-7:30. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the church or charity of your choice. Please visit her Book of Memories at where you may view the service or leave a note to the family.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, September 30th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Monday, September 30th, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 2:00pm
    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    CHESAPEAKE, VA 23320
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  • Interment

    Chesapeake Memorial Gardens
    524 Cedar Road
    Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
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Robert Dail

Posted at 08:45am
Chuck and Ann, was saddened to hear the news of your mother’s passing. I am glad that Anne and I had a chance to have lunch and such a good visit with her in August. She was a wonderful Aunt to me, Steve, and Martha throughout our lives. There are so many fond memories of her at the many family events in years past. She was always positive, so interested in our lives, and so generous. Our family shares a deep loss with you but rejoice that Gene is in Heaven with Christ Jesus. Bobby

Les Miller

Posted at 05:08pm
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I enjoyed some of the stories your told me about her on your recent trip up here to Roanoke. You and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of Jennifer and myself.
Les and Jennifer Miller

Anne Dail

Posted at 09:03am
Chuck, my heart goes out to you is always hard to lose one's mother, probably the closest relationship we all have.
Gene was a very special our eyes, consistently smart, savvy and contemporary. When I came into the Dail clan, she welcomed me with open arms. We were always 'away' during our Army travels yet I remember she was so faithful to send Christmas cards and letters to keep up connections... such a lost art these days. My fondest memory of your mom was how every year she thoughtfully gave Amy, Betsy and Katy small toys or gifts on Christmas when they were small-she never forgot. Her death is a sad loss in the heritage of our whole family. We send our prayers to you as you walk through these next few days.
Cousin Anne Dail

Karen Skoog

Posted at 06:55pm
Dear Cousin Chuck and family, just wanted to say How much I loved your mother. She was a wonderful aunt to my sister Jennifer and me. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Karen Skoog

Jane Davis

Posted at 04:10pm
Chuck, Anne, Caleb & Family, we are so sorry to hear of Ms Gene’s passing. Our thought & prayers are with all of you all. She was such a Special Lady & Special Friend who loved the Lord. She always had a big smile on her face & loved to laugh. Ms Gene & my Mom, Sarah Nell Gibson Holland went way back. I believe once she moved to Portlock as a child they became friends & always went to church together. Today I imagine they are together in Heaven dancing for Joy. We will always remember our dear Friend Ms Gene.

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