A Life Lived: Sherry Cable found joy in family and friends

Published 12:36 pm Tuesday, December 20, 2022

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Sherry Leigh Cable’s obituary described her as a people person; someone who loved family and friends and was there for them in the worst of times as well as on their best days.
Her obituary read: “Sherry was so much more than a mother, she was a friend, a confidant, and the rock of her family. She was the go-to person for a pep talk, a cheerleader for achievements, and the voice of reason in the midst of pain or troubles….she believed that everyone should be treated with kindness and respect which is exactly what she did.”
Sherry died Dec. 11 at the age of 55. She grew up in the Elk Mills-Poga area, but lived much of her adult life in Elizabethton She had worked at a number of jobs; her last job was with the Internal Revenue Service.
Sherry was a single mom, and daughter Brittany was the apple of her eye. After her mother’s death, she became the principal caregiver for her father, Carl Cable, until he died four years ago.
Among Sherry’s closest friends was her gang from high school. They got together often, sometimes it was just to have a meal together, other times, she and a couple of friends would go to the beach together, which was one of her favorite things to do. “She just enjoyed having a good time with her friends,” said Brittany.
A friend, Janet Lisa Morrow, wrote on the funeral home’s tribute page: “Sherry was the most loving, caring person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I will always treasure our friendship….If I needed anything at all, she would try her best to see that my needs were met before her own. Our little excursions and beach trips were the highlight of our friendship. She will be dearly missed.”
Another friend, Lori Dugger Church, echoed those same sentiments: “There are no words to express how much you meant to me. Friends for a lifetime. I will never forget you and I will always cherish the many memories we all made together.”
Sherry attended Sunset Free Will Baptist Church and loved to sing, especially with her father. “Her faith was most important to her, and it was from that faith she found strength, especially in her illness,” said Brittany.
She kept the home going, did the cooking, and cleaning, and was there to help her family every day.
In her spare time, she enjoyed watching television. Among her favorite shows were the Yellowstone drama series, the Young and Restless, and Criminal Minds. However, doing for and being with family and friends were her favorite activity.
Sherry was also an animal lover. Brittany said her mother had five cats and two dogs.
An aunt, Gayle Ashley, described Sherry as her best friend. “She was a fun person, who enjoyed the beach, flea markets, and family outings. She and her daughter were very special to me. They did a lot of things together. They especially enjoyed shopping together, going to Dollywood and Pigeon Forge,” said Gayle.
Gayle added, “She had so many friends. She loved to laugh. She was taken far too young.”
Aside from her usual outings, Gayle said Sherry enjoyed baking and cooking for her family. “She especially enjoyed baking for her Aunt Linda, who is not well. Sherry especially enjoyed holidays and she had a palm tree in her bedroom, which she decorated every Christmas,” she shared.
“Christmas will be different this year…happy for Sherry, but sad for those left behind,” she added.
In addition to her daughter, aunts, and host of friends, Sherry also has a brother, Terry, who lived with her and Brittany.
She was laid to rest in the Stone Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery beside her mom and dad.
It will be a special Christmas for Sherry, who is now at home with her Heavenly Father.

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