Kathryn ¨Kathy¨ Cherry Needham, age 66, of Asheboro, passed away Tuesday, June 29, surrounded by her family, in her home, after a brave battle with glioblastoma.
Kathy was born March 19, 1955 to the late Charlie Woolard Cherry and Ollie Hunt Cherry in Pitt County.
Kathy was a 1973 graduate of Asheboro High School, where she continued to be an avid Blue Comet supporter. She graduated college from Forsyth Technical Community College with a degree in Radiology Technician and spent many years devoted to healthcare. She retired from being the mammogram queen of Randolph Hospital. She was known for her ability to put patient's at ease with her loving smile, laugh and gentle spirit.
Kathy was a lover of all people, never met a stranger, fed every stray cat and loved her family. She was well known for sending cards, and it was evident how many lives she touched through her card ministry by the thousands she received over the last 13 months.
Kathy is survived by her husband of 41 years, Larry Needham, of the home, daughters, Nikki Cherry Crofoot and husband Andy, Katie Lopienski and husband John, and her #1 caretaker, Suzanne Needham, all of Asheboro. Kathy is also survived by her three precious grandchildren who she was so proud of, Madison Arroyo, Judson Lopienski and Ruby Fern Crofoot, all of Asheboro. She is survived by her mother Ollie Hunt Cherry, of Clemmons, sisters, Karen Cherry Houston, of Asheboro, and Karol Cherry, of Clemmons. Also survived by her special aunt JoAnn Hammer of Asheboro.
There will be a celebration of life for Kathy, on Saturday July 3 at 11 AM on the lawn at First United Methodist Church, 224 North Fayetteville Street Asheboro, with Reverend Lynda Ferguson and David Cash officiating. Please come dressed casual with a smile, as Kathy would've wanted, and bring a chair.
Memorials may be made in Kathy's honor to Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, PO Box 682, Asheboro, NC 27204 or to the Asheboro City Schools Education Foundation (memo: scholarship fund in memory of Kathryn Cherry Needham) to be given to a student planning to major in the medical field, P.O Box 1103, Asheboro, NC 27204.
Pugh Funeral Home in Asheboro is serving the family.