Sherry Poindexter

Obituary of Sherry Mayhall Poindexter

Sherry Mayhall Poindexter, 73, of Aiken, South Carolina, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on August 2, 2021. She was born Sherry Jane Mayhall on February 15, 1948, to Samuel Mayhall and Mary Jane Divine, in Louisville, Kentucky, where her family has resided for many generations. There she attended Assumption High School, during which time she met Graham Poindexter, who would become her husband, life-partner, and father of their two daughters. Life took them from Louisville to Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Fort Collins, Colorado; Evansville, Indiana; Midland, Michigan; Old Saybrook, Connecticut; and ultimately Aiken, South Carolina. Wherever she lived, from the Rocky Mountains to the Connecticut shoreline, Sherry took great pleasure in exploring on foot, a proclivity that led her with her family more than once to the Grand Canyon and, more recently, to the C&O Canal. She spent her life cultivating deep and powerful bonds, and her home was always both an intimate sanctuary for her family and a welcome retreat for her friends. Like the woman herself, her home managed to be both impeccably stylish and casually charming, with a seemingly effortless grace. Her sincere hospitality was seasoned with a salty sense of humor, and whether one was there to enjoy one of her elegant dinners or to play cards with a glass of bourbon, her style, décor, and cooking expressed an artistic flair that was both creative and comforting.

Sherry was preceded in death by her husband Graham and daughter Kristen Poindexter Embry, her brothers Sammy and Mike Mayhall, and sister Kathy Adams.

She is survived by her daughter Sarah-Jane Mayhall Poindexter (Joel Westerdale), granddaughters Gabriela McBride Alvarez, Rosemarie Poindexter Westerdale and Margo Jane Poindexter Westerdale, son-in-law David Embry, sister-in-law Mary Lou Mayhall, brothers-in-law Tracy Adams, Charles Read Poindexter, James Poindexter (Dawn), John Poindexter (Elizabeth), Philip Poindexter (Elizabeth), and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins in Louisville.

She will be interred at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

In lieu of flowers, the Poindexter family would like for you to consider gifts in Sherry’s memory to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, https://www.bcrf.org.

The Historic George Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 211 Park Ave., SW, Aiken, SC 29801 (803.649.6234), has charge of arrangements.

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