Cheryl Patricia Brothers, a remarkable woman of grace, compassion, and boundless love, passed away on May 2, 2023. She was born on October 4, 1948, in Norfolk, Virginia, to proud parents Robert and Martha Barnett Brothers. Cheryl’s journey through life was adorned with numerous achievements, deep-rooted faith, and an unwavering commitment to serving others. From a young age, Cheryl’s passion for dance illuminated her spirit. At the tender age of 5, she discovered her love for movement, captivating audiences with her grace and talent. Her dedication and determination led her to an extraordinary opportunity when she was selected to dance with the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Company during their visit to Norfolk, Virginia. Cheryl’s early passion for dance would continue to inspire and influence her throughout her life. Cheryl attended Norfolk Catholic High School, where she excelled academically, culminating in her role as the salutatorian of her class. Eager to continue her education, she enrolled at Howard University, where she pursued a double major, further expanding her intellectual horizons. Her thirst for knowledge was unquenchable, and she later earned her Master of Science degree at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. Throughout her life, Cheryl’s faith in God served as a guiding light for her life. For over 30 years, she was an active and cherished member of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Norfolk, attending regular services and actively participating in various youth activities. Her devotion to her faith was profound, and it shaped her interactions with the world around her. In the later years of her life, Cheryl found a spiritual home at the Chesapeake Campus of First Baptist Church. Her final church home which would eventually become LifePoint Christian Fellowship. Over the course of two decades, she dedicated herself to numerous ministries, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those she served. Cheryl’s involvement in the Children’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Afterschool Program at the Cuffee Community Center, and Worship Dance Ministry allowed her to share her remarkable gifts of teaching, creativity, compassion, and boundless generosity. She poured her heart and soul into these endeavors, constantly seeking ways to uplift and empower those around her. One of Cheryl’s most significant contributions was her instrumental role in initiating and building the Exalt Worship Arts Camp, a transformative program that brought together churches from all over Hampton Roads for a decade. Her visionary leadership and dedication enriched the lives of countless children, providing them with opportunities to discover their own creative potential and fostering their spiritual growth. Through craft projects, games, and special gifts, Cheryl formed deep bonds with the children she mentored, becoming a cherished spiritual mother to many, even though she had no biological children of her own. Her love and guidance will continue to resonate in the hearts of those she touched for generations to come. In Loving Memory of Cheryl Patricia Brothers In 1970, Cheryl embarked on a distinguished 35-year career as a math educator in the Norfolk Public Schools system. Her passion for teaching was evident as she touched the lives of countless students at Blair Junior High, Lake Taylor High, and Booker T. Washington High. Cheryl’s commitment to her students and the pursuit of excellence in education earned her the esteemed recognition of Teacher of the Year at her school not once, but twice. Her dedication to her craft extended beyond the classroom, as she was also nominated for the prestigious Disney Teacher of the Year award. Even after her retirement from Norfolk Public Schools, Cheryl’s passion for education remained undiminished. From 1988 until 2020, she continued to impart knowledge and inspire young minds as a math instructor at Tidewater Community College. Her impact on the lives of her students reached far beyond the boundaries of her classrooms, instilling in them a love for learning and empowering them to pursue their dreams. Cheryl’s caring nature extended beyond her professional life. In 2005, she began her missionary trips to Malawi and later to Jamaica, devoting her time and energy to serve those in need. Her selflessness and dedication were truly remarkable, and her experiences on these trips left an indelible mark on her heart. Cheryl once said, “I can truly say since 1970 I have taught consistently and continuously. Teaching really is my Super Power.” Her passion for education, her unwavering dedication to her students, and her selfless acts of service were a testament to the extraordinary woman she was. As we gather to honor Cheryl Patricia Brothers’ remarkable life and mourn her passing, let us remember her as a beacon of light, a compassionate mentor, and a loving presence in the lives of so many. Her legacy will continue to shine brightly through the lives she touched and the hearts she enriched. Cheryl’s life was a testament to her desire to serve others and her profound impact in this world. Her beautiful acts of kindness and selflessness will forever be cherished, and the true extent of her influence, for the glory of God, can only be measured in the embrace of Heaven. Cheryl will be deeply missed by her loving family, friends, and all those who had the privilege of knowing her. In this time of mourning, let us celebrate her extraordinary life and honor her memory by embodying the same love, compassion, and generosity that she exemplified. Throughout her life, Cheryl embraced the role of a beloved family member and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Martha Brothers and her sister Anne Williams. She leaves behind her cherished nieces, Alletta Williams and Ayla Williams, her aunt Coralee Rowell, Robert Blackwell, who she lovingly called her brother and Tomira Viviano, who she lovingly called her daughter and a multitude of cousins and friends. The bonds she formed were strong, and the love she shared with her family and friends was immeasurable
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