Honorable Paige D. Cherry

Most Worshipful Grand Master

Grand Master Cherry started his Masonic Journey on December 8, 1990 in John R Woodridge Lodge #133 in Garstedt, Germany under the Jurisdiction of Maryland. He affiliated with Morning Star Lodge #3, Portsmouth, VA in 1992. There he served as Worshipful Master from 1994-1995 and Secretary from 1995 - 2006. He served on several District and Grand Lodge Committees to include 11 years as Assistant District Deputy Grand Master of the 3rd Masonic District under the legendary District Deputy Grand Master John N. Daughtry #323.

Grand Master Cherry is a native of Windsor, North Carolina. He attended the Bertie County Public Schools where he excelled in academics and athletics. He displayed his leadership ability early in life, serving as President of his Senior Class. His civilian educational background includes a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management from Troy University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Housing Management from Winston-Salem State University.

He is a former Army Field Artillery Officer and Operations Research Analyst (ORSA). Grand Master Cherry spent nearly nine years on active duty. The highlight of his military career was commanding Service Battery 4th Battalion 3rd Field Artillery during Operation Desert Storm. In light of his achievements in the liberation of Kuwait, Grand Master Cherry was awarded the Bronze Star.

After the Gulf War, he served as an ORSA for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Simulation and Analysis at, Fort Monroe, Virginia. In this position, he performed quick reaction analysis and assisted in the development and management of the TRADOC Study Program. He resigned from active duty in 1993 while serving in this position.
In 1993, his civilian career began when he joined the Chief of Staff of the Army's Louisiana Maneuvers Task Force as an ORSA at Fort Monroe, Virginia. He worked on a wide range of Army issues and coordinated major projects and technology demonstrations for Senior Defense leaders such as the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the TRADOC Commander.

After leaving the Task Force, he served as a Management Analyst for TRADOC Manpower Activity at Ft. Monroe where he led and conducted manpower assessment reviews of education, training and major organizational functions. He applied quantitative and qualitative methods and techniques to build staffing standards.

He also served as Staffing Standards Division Head for the Navy Medicine Support Command Requirements Determination Team in Portsmouth, Virginia. There he led the development of staffing models for Navy Medicine.
Prior to his current assignment, he served as Senior Management Analyst, Deputy Chief of Staff for Resource Management, Fort Monroe. His primary duties involved contract review and oversight. He currently serves as Chief of Management, Planning and Analysis Division, Health Safety and Work-life Service Center, U.S. Coast Guard, Norfolk, Virginia. His major duties are to direct three administrative sections and provide oversight of the medical budget for 42 Coast Guard Clinics.

Grand Master Cherry is very community oriented and civic-minded. He currently serves as a member of the Portsmouth City Council, Trustee Board Zion Baptist Church, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia Corporate Board, Chair Portsmouth Democratic Committee, Portsmouth Kiwanis Club Board, Finance Committee Zion Baptist Church, Member of Emily N. Spong Preschool PTA, Member of Hodges Manor Elementary School PTA, and Life Member NAACP. His previous service includes: Chairman of the Portsmouth Planning Commission, Municipal Finance Commission, Southeast Virginia Community Foundation Board, Craney Island Study Commission, Virginia Citizens Planning Association, Vice Chair Portsmouth Finance Committee, Housing Board of Adjustments and Appeals, Founder and Past President of the Willow Breeze Community League, Vice Mayor, and Council Personnel Committee.

Currently, he is a City Council liaison to the Planning Commission, the Economic Development Authority, National League of Cities, and Virginia Municipal League.
He has received numerous Masonic, Military, and Civilian awards to include the Winston-Salem State University Clarence "Big House" Gaines Unsung Hero Award, the Flagship Military Magazine inaugural Still Serving Award, the Church & Community in Action Political Leadership Award, Zion Baptist State of the Church Community Leader of the Year Award, and the Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Excellence in Community Service Award. Although he is involved with many civic and community activities, his first priority is and always will be his family. He is married to the former Yvette A. Watkins. They have a daughter Phylysha A. Cherry.



The Bridge Builder

An old man going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
Through which was flowing a sullen tide
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way;
You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build this bridge at evening tide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head;
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followed after me to-day
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been as naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”
By Will Allen Dromgoole

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