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Featured Alumni Profile (December 2016)      

Alumnum of the Month, Mr. Duane Cherry

Alumnus of Dec 2016Our alumnus of the month of December is a native of Jackson and a graduate of Jackson Central Merry High School. Lane Man Duane Cherry is a member of the class of 1982. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration he entered into a career in long term health care.

He stated that everything he has incorporated in his life began with his degree from Lane College and he can still hear the lessons of his Business College Professors Mr. Charles Marshall and Mr. Johnny Seals encouraging him to never give up no matter what it takes. He was proud to say that "Mr. Marshall in 2016 still refers to me as one of his best & brightest students." His fondest memory of Lane College happened in 1982 when the graduating class petitioned the Board of Trustees and President Herman Stone to allow the graduates to wear colored robes (instead of the traditional black) to honor the 100-year anniversary of Lane College's existence and it was approved. Persons were able to select the colour they wanted to wear from three colors including burgundy, green or blue.

Mr. Cherry is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and an Assisted Living Administrator.

He is currently the Administrator/Executive Director of Mission Convalescent Home, Health & Rehabilitation Center in Jackson TN.

Under his leadership the facility has become one of the top 100 rated facilities in America and one of the top 10 in the State of Tennessee. Mr. Cherry keeps busy in his everyday life, he is also the owner of Nursing Angels LLC. and D&D Healthcare an in-home non-medical care company and is a preferred provider of services with offices in Tennessee and North Carolina.

Making others laugh is something that Mr. Cherry feels is good for the soul. He is the owner of Everlasting Productions, a comedy production group that produces comedy shows throughout West Tennessee.

Although he is passionate about the business interest that he was able to pursue with his Lane College degree, he has also ventured into becoming a motivational speaker and radio personality and has created his 5 Step Be-Power Program (breaking out of the shell and removing the walls of life) which can be heard on internet radio every Tuesday afternoon at 1:00pm on whmlgospel.com and wndk.biz and every Thursday night at 6:30pm on whmlgospel.com. You can download them on tunein. His guests have included our President, Dr. Logan Hampton and many Lane College alumni.

He has been married to the love of his life for 28 years, Mrs. Angela Delores Cherry, a native of Jackson. They are the proud parents of three children. Tavares is an Environmental Engineer in Jackson. Avril is a teacher and coach in Raleigh NC. Chris a professional comedian living Nashville, TN. Mr. and Mrs. Cherry have seven grandchildren. The oldest granddaughter is currently a freshman at Lane College!

Mr. Cherry is very involved in the community and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Jackson Transit Authority, Vice Chairman of the Madison County Solid Waste Commission and the newly elected President of the Jackson Madison County African American Chamber of Commerce.

We salute Lane Man Cherry! You may send him well-wishes at duane.cherry@missionch.net

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