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Sheryl Lynn Charleston-Forte, fondly know as “Sherry” was born March 20, 1960 to Anita               Myles-Cook and John B. Charleston, Jr.  Sherry professed her faith in Christ early in her life and was baptized at Northside New Era Baptist Church by the late Rev. Noonie E. Vincent.  In later years she joined New Beginnings Fellowship Church under the leadership of Dr. James A. Jackson, Pastor.


“Sherry”  remained faithful to her Lord and Savior until the end.  “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. They will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”  Revelation 14:13 NIV


Sherry’s educational foundation began in the Indianapolis Public School System where that great love of academics and people began.  She went on to Broad Ripple High School (BRHS) where she and that loving smile and loving personality blossomed: Junior Class President 1977, Senior Class Vice President 1978, Homecoming Queen Court 1978, and Pep Club Member.  Sherry graduated from BRHS in 1978.  In the fall of 1978, Sherry began her matriculation at Ball State University-Muncie, where more of that warm personality was manifested.  She was a Miss Ball State contestant in 1980 and pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Beta Phi Chapter, May 11, 1981 and was number one (1) on her line.  Sherry was recognized for her Grade Point Average (GPA) by the African American Council (AAC).  She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Management at Indiana Wesleyan University.  Sherry was a student of learning, sometimes referred to as a “Professional Student.”  She enrolled in specialty training, correspondence courses, mentoring, Human Resources, customer service, computer, accounting skills, and so much more.  Sherry received numerous certifications and plaques, in recognition of her achievements. 


Sherry utilized her professional working skills in a variety of employment opportunities.  Until her recent illness and passing, she was a loyal and dedicated employee of Indianapolis Power & Light (AES) for nearly ten years.  She was Vice-President of Forte Design, Incorporated and was member of the management team at PNC Bank (formerly Merchants Bank) from 1982-2002.  Sherry was the Program Director (Coordinator) for Indiana University Center for Philanthropy for several years and Program/Campaign Associate at United Way of Central Indiana.  She also worked at Target Stores for many years as a Team Assistant/Customer Service Assistant where she was a preferred customer service representative.


Sheryl and James M. Forte were united in marriage, June 17, 1989 and enjoyed more than thirty-one years of marital bliss.


Living life to the fullest, Sherry always made time for her family and friends, many of which she had known since grade school at School #37 and #69.  Her warm and bubbly  personality and her beautiful smile, that could light up a room, will always be remembered and treasured by all who knew her.  Sherry was an “angel on earth” to her family and her passing will leave a serious void in our lives.  We do, however, have precious memories of our Sherry to cherish and sustain us. 


Sheryl Lynn departed this life on Monday, April 5, 2021, at 5:21 am.  On Saturday, April 3, 2021, many of Sherry’s family and friends gathered at her home where we talked and prayed with her, in what was called “Good Ole Sherry Fashion.”  Despite her illness, Sherry prayed a strong, beautiful, and special prayer, thanking God for her life, family, and friends.  She was faithful to her Lord and Savior. 


Preceding Sherry in death were her grandparents, Henry and Ida Myles, Queen V. Cook, Mr. and Mrs. John Charleston; brother, Richard B. Cook; aunt, Deborah Myles; uncles, Pi Charleston; stepfather, Thomas Cook and father-in-law, James Forte.


Cherishing her memory are her husband, James M. Forte; father, John Charleston, Jr; mother, Anita Myles-Cook; mother-in-law, Georgia Durham-Forte; brothers, Gordon Powell of Germany; John (Anita) Charleston, III of Atlanta, GA, Thomas A. Cook; sister, Jana Hill-Harris; brother-in-law, Tony Forte; uncles, Fredrick (Jeanne) Charleston of Baltimore, MD, Juan C. Charleston, Richard Cook of Chicago, IL, William (Bertha) Myles, Keith Myles of Indianapolis, IN, Kenneth Myles of Atlanta, GA; aunts, Lessie Crawley, Doris (Delbert) Lawrence, Diane M. Reed of Indianapolis, IN, Janice (William) Spearman of Denver, CO, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, friends, co-workers, church family, and spiritual children. 


Humbly Submitted…………………….The Family


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Kim Franklin
   Posted Wed April 07, 2021
Sending my condolences and prayers to Soror Sheryl and family. I will miss Sheryl's beautiful smile and SWEET spirit. Rest in heavenly peace.

Greg Cradick
   Posted Wed April 07, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. May Sheryl rest in peace.
Greg Cradick

Denny Yovanovich
   Posted Wed April 07, 2021
Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. I am making a donation in your wife’s name to Down for a Cure.

Take care, God Bless!

Thelma Elaine Lawrence
   Posted Thu April 08, 2021

Azalea Bush was sent by Elaine Lawrence.

Dear Doris Lawrence and Family, May this azalea bush be a constant living reminder of your beautiful niece. May God keep you in constant peace during this time of bereavement. With Love, Elaine Lawrence and the Girls.

Robert & Joyce Fletcher
   Posted Sat April 10, 2021
Our condolences to the family. May The Lord be with you at your time of sorrow, but His Love and Peace surround you.

Love, from Robert & Joyce Fletcher

B'ham, AL

Sherri and Bruce Kehoe
   Posted Sun April 11, 2021
Bruce and I want to extend our sincerest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone! Warmest regards, Sherri and Bruce Kehoe (Kacie Forte's mom and stepdad)

Vonda S. Tyler
   Posted Tue April 13, 2021
My Soror and dear friend, you will be in my heart forever. Michael, Mrs. Cook, and the Charleston, Myles family, hold tight to all your precious memories; they will warm your heart, dry your tears, bring a smile and keep her alive in you through all time.

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.


Brenda Cox
   Posted Wed April 14, 2021
The Cox family extends our deepest condolence in the loss of a beloved childhood friend from the old neighborhood, Broad Ripple High School, Ball State University and fervent basketball family supporter. Sherry was always close to our heart. She had an infectious smile, good natured laugh and always grabbed one of our arms to draw us close into a conversation. Sherry was short in stature but gregarious in spirit. She made no secret of her love and admiration for friends and family. While she has left us with indelible memories, we will miss her. Our prayers are for Michael, Mrs. Cook, and the rest of the Charleston, Myles, Forte family. May God bless and comfort you. The Cox Family (Norma Cox-Dartis, Kathy Cox-Massie, Jerry Cox, Don Cox, Brenda Cox and Ronnie Cox, Sr.)

Keith Gray IPL Retiree
   Posted Wed April 14, 2021
Sheryl what a lovely person both inside and out! A person whose heart would always be full of joy whenever i would encounter her at IPL!
Never will i forget her kindness and i am saddened to learn of this today-knowing she is with the Lord.

God bless you all and pray for comfort and love during this time

Keith Gray
IPL Retiree

Teryna & Donald Van Cleave
   Posted Wed April 14, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the family, and we continue to pray that God brings comfort and peace in the time of your loss. Sheryl's angelic spirit will be missed dearly. We both had the pleasure of working with her at IPL/AES Indiana. She was a joy to work with and was always willing to help with anything. Such a beautiful person that will never be forgotten.

Shirley Jones
   Posted Wed April 14, 2021
My sincere condolences to you Michael and family. When I think if Sheryl my mind goes to Ball State and all the GREAT times we had there. "Mama Sheryl" will always bring fond memories of her caring ways, generous heart and bright smile. May she rest in peace.

Lisa Buggs
   Posted Wed April 14, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family of Sheryl Charleston Forte. I've known Sheryl since her days at BRHS and then she came to Ball State University and became my AKA Soror. I will miss her infectious smile and her since of humor. Rest in Heaven my Soror.

Lisa Buggs

Phyllis Hyatt
   Posted Thu April 15, 2021
So sorry for your loss, may God continue to grant you and your family comfort and peace.

Leslie W (Cordaro) Chastain
   Posted Thu April 15, 2021
I was fortunate enough to meet Sheryl while working at United Way. Although this many years ago, I still remember her beautiful smile and contagious laugh. She was one of the sunniest, upbeat, and friendly people I had ever met.

Please accept my condolences on your tremendous loss. May she rest in peace.

Eleanor Granger-White
   Posted Fri April 16, 2021
To Anita Cook and other family members... my deepest condolences and sympathies are being sent to you. Sheryl was such a beautiful person and her bubbly personality and warm, friendly smile will never be forgotten.. May she rest in heavenly peace. My prayer is that God will comfort you and give you peace today and in all the days to come. I am here for you.. Hugs...
Eleanor Granger-White

Jodi Becker
   Posted Fri April 16, 2021
Michael, we were all very sad, hearing about the loss of your wife. All of us at Eastern Engineering extend our deepest sympathies to you.

Mary myles
   Posted Fri April 16, 2021
May all of our thoughts and prayers be with all of you at this sorrowful time. Sherry..we will miss you always. Heaven gain a beautiful smile.. We love you! Mary..Kristin, Karla, Kylene and Kaitlin Myles

Ellen Charleston
   Posted Sat April 17, 2021
Although I've only met my cousin Sheryl for the first time some years ago, at the Charleston family reunion, I felt as though I had known her for a long time. The one thing I do remember about her was her bright, friendly smile that she gave when we were getting to know one another. That experience alone reinforced in me the importance of connecting and staying connected with family to form priceless bonds. I only wish I could have had more opportunities to meet up with her again just to be in her warm presence. I am so happy that Sheryl knew the Lord. It gives us all comfort in knowing that she has eternal rest and peace with the Lord. She will be sorely missed by all of us.

Cynthia Thomas Benson
   Posted Sat April 17, 2021
To the Family of Sheryl "Sherry" Lynn Forte,
I'll never forget how Sheryl's beautiful smile and personality helped me acclimate to my new surroundings as a freshman at Ball State. I didn't know anyone but when I met my dorm neighbor, Sheryl, I really began to enjoy college life. Her personality and bubbly spirit encouraged me to continue school later in life. I will never forget how she helped me during my first year in school 41 years ago. God Bless you and may Heaven continue to smile upon you.

Yvonne Williams
   Posted Sat April 17, 2021
Handy so sorry to hear about Sheryl. Please know I am praying for you. Just lost my son in February so I know your pain

Evelyn Walker
   Posted Sun April 18, 2021
My condolences to the family. Sheryl, A beautiful lady.May she Rest In Peace.

Evelyn Walker

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