Sherry Glass, Helper Of Others, Dies at 51
Sherry Ann Glass was born in Portland on July 17, 1954 to Ora Lee Martin and Frank Sims. She died on Feb. 4. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in True Vine Baptist Church.
Sherry worked at several companies, but the two she spoke the most of were Stay Clean and her last place of employment, CascadiaBehaviorial Heathcare, where she was a CADC I (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor). She was in the process of obtaining her CADC II, and was working towards her master's degree.
Sherry had a lot of struggles in life, but the battle she was most proud of conquering was her addiction to drugs and alcohol. An intelligent person who held a strong desire to graduate from college, she enrolled at Portland Community College and eventually received her bachelor's degree in human development from Warner Pacific College. Sherry wanted others to succeed at recovery and devoted her professional and personal life to assisting people in overcoming their alcohol and drug addictions.
Those who came to Sherry to share a problem knew that she would be blunt and say exactly what she thought (whether you wanted to know or not). She held unconditional love for her family and friends. She showed her love and caring through her generosity, jokes and assistance to others.
On Oct. 13, 2005, she married Orelee Glass. She loved the spirit and loving affection that he showered on her. Sherry accepted the Lordandattended FellowshipMissionary Baptist Church for several years. Sherry and Orelee recently became members ofTrueVine Missionary Baptist Church. Sherry shared her love for God with everyone she came in contact with.
Sherry is preceded in death by her parents, Ora Lee Martin and Frank Sims; and a great-niece, Cody Lynn Hatfield.
She leaves to mourn her husband, Oralee Glass; her children,Shannon (Selwyn) Stafford, of Long Beach,Calif.,Pamela Moffett, Anthony Fikes Sr., Lisa Moffett, Clifford Moffett Jr. and James (Evelyn) Moffett, all of Portland; her siblings, Henry Lee (Susie) Martin of Flint, Mich., Spring Sims and Syble Corey, both of Portland, and Brian (Patricia) Sims, of Eugene; 19 grandchildren; the Glass family, Audrey Sims and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Her infectious laugh, smile and joyous spirit will be missed.
Ray Garnett, Family Man: 1947 — 2006
RayLangston Garnett,beloved father,brother, uncle and friend, died on Feb. 2, at the age of 58. Ray was a longtime resident of Northeast Portland and also lived in Colorado for several years while serving in the U.S. Army.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church. Interment will be on Monday at Willamette National Cemetery. Arrangements by Cox & Cox Funeral Chapel.
Ray was born on June 6, 1947 to Albert L. and Ann E. Garnett of Portland. As a young man, Ray was an avid sports fan who excelled in track and field for Jefferson High School. Afterwinningmany scholastic meets in the sprint and hurdling events, Ray quickly gained a reputation as one of the fastest high school sprinters in Oregon.
His academic and athletic success caught the attention of the University of Portland, and he was offered a scholarship to join the Pilots track team in the fall of 1965. Unfortunately, a career-ending knee injury sustained during a high school event ended Ray's dream of participating at the collegiate level and he never ran competitively again.
After recovering from his injury, Ray joined the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Collins Army Base in Fort Collins, Colo. He was honorably discharged in 1972, and returned home to work for a family business owned and operated by his brother, Harvey Garnett.
After leaving his brother's business, Ray started employment with PECO Manufacturing in Portland as a warehouseman, and then, more recently, as a productionassembly worker. Ray's employment with PECO spanned four decades, for a total of 32 years. In addition to his full-time employment Ray owned and operated a small floor-cleaning business.
He will be remembered for his love for Jesus Christ, family and good music, and for his attention to detail.
Ray is survived by his daughters, Jannell Rae Garnett and Yvette M. Garnett-Dreher, both of Portland; son William J. Garnett, of Portland; sister BeverlyA.Garnett-Hunter, of Portland; brothers Johnny B. Newton, Harvey L. Garnett of Portland and Robert E. "Bobby" Garnett, all of Portland; and grandchildren Monique Dreher, William Garnett and Tristan Garnett, all of Portland.
Ray is also remembered and loved by many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.