We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Cloud Funeral Home
It is with most sincere sympathy that we formally announce the passing of, Mr. James Warren Sherman who transitioned from this life on Wednesday June 1, 2022.
JAMES WARREN SHERMAN
James Warren Sherman was the first and only child of Mr. James Lloyd and Mrs. Warnie Neal Sherman of Cairo, Georgia. He was born on February 10, 1966. He attended elementary school at Whigham Public School and graduated with the Class of 1984 from Whigham High School. James excelled academically in elementary and at Whigham High and was an avid chess player. He loved and valued formal education and subsequently earned the AA Degree in Computer Science from Thomas University; the AA Degree in Electronic Technology from Thomas Institute; the B.S. Degree in Internet Technology from American InterContinental University (summa cum laude); and a Master's Degree in Internet Technology from American Intercontinental University.
In 1977, James lost his mother, Mrs. Warnie Neal Sherman, who dearly loved and cherished him and her husband, James Lloyd Sherman. With open arms and the support of his father, his paternal grandparents, Mr. Eugene and Mrs. Mary Sherman welcomed James into their home on Sherman Road. They, along with his father, shepherded him through his formative years. His paternal grandfather died in 1988; his paternal grandmother died in 1994, and his father died in 1997. Since those losses, James was collectively co-parented by his aunts and uncles and his devoted mother-in-law.
Church membership and participation were essential components of James' upbringing.
At an early age, he joined St. Stephen Missionary Church (Grady County), the home church of his Sherman Great Grandparents (Deacon Will and Sister Annie Sherman); Grandparents (Deacon Eugene and Sister Mary Sherman); and father (James Lloyd Sherman). His mother, Mrs. Warnie Neal Sherman, maintained her church membership at her home church, Mt. Moriah No. 1 in Attapulgus, Georgia. James joined his father as co-host of the WGRA Cairo Radio Station Sunday Morning Program as a teenager, sharing gospel music, church, and community news primarily focused on the Black community. After his father's death, James hosted the Program for many years. He worked part-time as a radio disc jockey at several radio stations throughout the Big Bend area.
In his professional life, James (who was notably computer savvy) worked at General Dynamics in Tallahassee, Florida. His success with that company led to positions in technology security with companies on the East Coast, including Elbit Systems of America. He subsequently returned to General Dynamics' Bath Ironworks in Bath, Maine, as the Information Security Manager until his demise.
On October 27, 2007, James married his best friend the love of his life, Ms. Natasha Lawson. They shared a beautiful and exciting union in Grady County, Woodbridge, Virginia, Topsham, and Brunswick, Maine. James loved engineering and technology work, cooking, baking fruitcakes using his grandmother Mary's recipe, aviation, traveling, our Heavenly Father, family, and friends.
In later life, James developed kidney complications due to a prior scuba diving accident. These complications did not hinder James from living the life God planned just for him. James traveled from Maine to South Florida despite his serious illness to visit his maternal aunt and cousins in July 2021. He prized and shared the beautiful details of his trip (including the antics of his cousins) to all who would listen. In December 2021, James and Natasha decided to travel to Covington, Georgia, to spend Christmas with Natasha and her family for the first time in two years. His paternal family had the precious opportunity to meet with James, Natasha, her mother (Dr. Sallie Mills), his best friend (Marcus Cobb and family), and his Sherman First Cousins at the Eugene and Mary Sherman Grandchildren's Reunion on Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Houston Texas. We thank God for each gathering and believe that we will later reunite with James and our other relatives who now experience eternal life.
James departed this life on June 1, 2022. He leaves to cherish his memories a loving and devoted wife, Mrs. Natasha Lawson Sherman, mother-in-law, Dr. Sallie Mills; Grand Aunt Mrs. Maggie Sherman; Uncles Rev./Dr. Eugene Sherman, Jr., and Mr. Louris W. (Berdia) Sherman; Aunts Mrs. Clara B. Buncum, Dr. Mary E. Benjamin, and Mrs. Gloria Nadine (Willie) Carswell, godchildren; Mrs. Christina (Devan) Jackson, Ms. McKenzie Jackson, Ms. Taniyah Grier, 3 grand godchildren, a host of cousins and a special friend, Mr. Ernest W. Cloud Jr.