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Doreatha Malker Sherrill, 77, was born to Mr. Jesse L Malker Sr. and Mrs. Rachel Thompson Malker on December 20, 1940 in Gaston County, North Carolina. She departed this life surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at home located on 216 Sherrills Court, Mt. Holly, North Carolina.
Doreatha was a devoted member of Shiloh AME Zion Church, Mt. Holly, North Carolina where she was the Choir Director of the Shiloh Children’s Choir for many years. Doreatha served on the Deaconess Board, Usher Board, Hymnal and Mass Choirs. She also, represented Shiloh AME Zion Church as Presidents of the Life Members Associations and the Home Missions Association. Doreatha ran for the 2004 WHOMS pageant and was crowned queen, she was so proud and honored to represent for her home church Shiloh AME Zion. Also, Doreatha was a proud member of the Order of Eastern Star - Electa Chapter #174 of Charlotte, NC they were known for helping in the community and visiting with the elderly.  She remained active until her health decline.

She attended Lincoln High School, Bessemer City, NC and graduated in the Class of 1960. Doreatha was employed and retired after twenty years with Pharr Yarns Textiles in Belmont, NC.  Doreatha loved to help people and caring for children. She was a foster mother for many years to four siblings that she didn’t want to see separated; she knew it was going to be a challenge, but it was a challenge she was willing to take to keep them together. 

Doreatha was a loving devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved and cherished her family dearly. She also enjoyed doing yard work, planting flowers and gardening. She took pride in her yard and always said hard work pays off. To the ones who really knew her, aside from her family, knew that she loved to eat.  Her favorite food was KFC fried chicken and her favorite color was red. Doreatha knew no strangers and she made you feel welcomed in her home.  Above all, she was a woman of God and loved the Lord and her church. She lived a wonderful life filled with joy and happiness and she will truly be missed. Rest easy momma for we shall see you again.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband Rev. John Henry Sherrill; grandson, John Avery Sherrill II; one sister, Ms. JoAnne L. Malker; three brothers, Mr. Jesse L Malker Jr, Mr. James A. Malker and Mr. Robert E. Malker. 

Doreatha leaves to cherish her loving memories two sons, Mr. John A. Sherrill (Jeannine) of Denver NC and Mr. Jeffrey E. Sherrill (Paulette) of Mount Holly NC; four granddaughters, Doreatha Auyanna Sherrill, Latoria Sherrill, Reagan Sherrill and Kerstin Sherrill; two great grandchildren, Olivia and Chance Sherrill; three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Barbara Brooks of Mount Holly NC, Mrs. Bessie Adams of Mount Holly NC and Mrs. Centrilla Sherrill of Sebring FL.; two brothers-in-law, Mr. Jerome Sherrill of Mount Holly NC and Mr. JB Sherrill of Charlotte, NC.; seven nieces and nephews; a host of relatives, friends and loved ones. 

Funeral Arrangement 

Shiloh A.M.E. Zion Church
Mt. Holly, North Carolina

Friday, March 9, 2018 @ 12 Noon

The family will receive friends for one hour prior to funeral
(11:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon)

Gaston Memorial Park
1200 S. New Hope Road
Gastonia, N.C.  28054

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  • Monday, March 05, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
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  • Thursday, March 08, 2018
    So very sorry to hear of your lost. We send out prayers to the Family.
    ~ David and Sandra Brooks   Stanley, NC
  • Thursday, March 08, 2018
    my condolences to the family
    ~ jason friday   gastonia, NC
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018
    Accept our sincere condolences in your recent loss. May you find some comfort in the words of Psalms 34:18 which reads: " Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit " Yes, we can ask for help and rely on God. He also has made the sure promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise. (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11, 29). Be confident that this is SURE to happen because Isaiah 55:11 ensures us of this. Find out more online at JW.ORG ~~~ You are also cordially invited to the memorial of Jesus death. The means by which the promise of a paradise is possible. Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 7:30 pm ; Location: 145 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way Gastonia, NC 28052
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  • Monday, March 26, 2018
    Death is like sleep in that the dead are unconscious and cannot do anything. However, the Creator of life can bring the dead back by means of a resurrection. In proof of that, Jehovah empowered Jesus to raise several dead people to life. Please feel free to read (Ecclesiastes 9:5; John 11:11, 43, 44). Also, for more spiritual comfort please visit
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