Windsor man dies in Virginia wreck

Published 8:00 pm Thursday, January 22, 2009

SUSSEX, Va. – A Windsor man died in a single-car accident here last week.

Ted Kent Cherry Jr., 33, was killed Jan. 15 when the car he was driving crashed on Hwy. 35 approximately 300 feet south of Rt. 651, according to a report filed by Virginia State Policeman R.N. Williams.

Cherry was a standout defensive end for the Bertie Falcons in 1992 and 1993, according to longtime Falcon football coach Willie Roberson.

“Ted played tight end and was a standout on the defensive side of the football,” Roberson recalled. “He was an outstanding athlete who could, as they say, jump out of the gym.”

Roberson said Cherry was a tight end and defensive end for the Falcon football teams and played basketball under the legendary Darwin Harper at Bertie.

According to Sgt. T.J. Williams, the accident report indicated Cherry ran off the right hand side of the road, overcorrected and the vehicle overturned. Cherry was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The report gave no indication of contributing factors and Sgt. Williams said the Virginia State Police were still waiting for a medical examiner’s report and a toxicology report.

A native of Martin County, Cherry was a member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Lewiston. He was a graduate of Elizabeth City State University and self-employed with Cherry and Son Backhoe Service, Windsor. Survivors include his parents, Ted Kent Cherry Sr. and Nancy Rascoe Cherry of the home; a son, Preston Alexander Cherry of Washington, DC; a brother, Arthur Terrell Cherry of Windsor; and a sister, Christina Henderson of Rocky Mount.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 19 at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Travis T. Judkins officiating.