Sherman Langhorne

Obituary of Sherman M. Langhorne

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The Life I Lived


Sherman Matthew Langhorne was born to Andrew and Bertha Goff Langhorne on January 20, 1946, in Cumberland, Virginia, where he lived his entire life.

He started his education at Cedar Fork School through fifth grade and then attended Luther P. Jackson school until the eleventh grade.

He was baptized at an early age and joined Rocky Mount Baptist Church, where he remained a dedicated and faithful member. Sherman enjoyed serving and praising the Lord through Male Chorus, Trustees, Cemetery Sexton, and Hospitality Ministries. He loved and valued his Pastor and First Lady – Rev. Larry E. & Gloria Smith and his entire church family.

His service didn't stop at the church, but it continued to his county where he served on the Planning and Zoning Board for 24 years. He also volunteered with the 4-H Extension Office of Cumberland. Sherman worked with the 4-H Sharp Shooters and was the top seller of Christmas fruit on many occasions.

On July 29, 1967, Sherman made a Covenant before God and man with Rose Trent, that for better or worse, in sickness and in health, richer or poorer, and until death do us part. From this blessed union one son was born, Sherman Gregory "Greg" Langhorne.

Sherman displayed a great work ethic from a young boy. He worked for various companies such as Co-op, the Pipeline, Craddock –Terry, and his last two places of employment were with Longwood University for 23 years and 8 months and Rochette's Florist of twenty-seven years. Even with working long and hard during his day job, he would come home and work on the farm, work on farm equipment, cut grass, harvest hay, raise a garden, raise cattle and pigs, and visit the sick; all while having his wife by his side.

Sherman was a sharp and smooth dresser. He took pride in his appearance. He never met a stranger. Sherman's smile and pleasant demeanor was always welcoming. He enjoyed telling jokes and reflecting on the "good old days." Sherman was a father figure to many, showing them love, patience, and teaching them about life.

On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, Sherman slipped away quietly and peacefully at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and (in-laws); Garfield (Mary), Betty Hale (John), Robert (Ruby), Russell (Sarah), Tom, Bernard, Luerine Allen, and James (Charlotte).

Sherman is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Rose; devoted son, Greg (Yolanda), devoted daughter-in-law; one sister, Annie Harris of Long Island, NY; two that he thought of as daughters, devoted Goddaughter, Rev. Eurika Tyree (Conrad), and Carsheena Epps Childress; four grandchildren, Octavia, O'Layna, Jalesa, and Jasmine; two great grandchildren, Kartier, and Lauren; two devoted brothers –in-law, Willie Jr. Trent and Willie Allen; two sisters-in-law, Betty Langhorne and Eloise Langhorne; along with a host of nieces, nephews - one devoted, Willie Allen, Jr., cousins, and friends. Four remaining devoted friends, George Louis Booker, Addie Trent, Mable Pervall, and Walter Langhorne.


Missing You Always

You never said I'm leaving

You never said Goodbye.

You were gone before we knew it

And only God knows why.

In life I loved you dearly

In death I love you still.

In my heart I hold a place

That only you can fill.

It broke my heart to lose you

But you didn't go alone.

A part of me went with you

The day God took you home.


Love You Dad




A Godfather is special, A gift from above that's who you are. You were there to help guide and protect not only me but Tavi and Woo. You showed my family and I love and patience. You were there for all of our accomplishments and failures as well. You gave me wisdom, words of encouragement, and stern talking when I needed it. No matter whether it was morning, noon, or night, when I called you were always there. Thank you for all the laughter, great memories, delicious coconut pies, and all the times we spent together; You and I. There is no one like you and no one can ever take your place. You are a true representation of God's love and a father.

Thank you for being my Godfather.

Farewell "Gatbagg"until we meet again.

Love You - Your Goddaughter Rika


Family and friendsas you gather today to celebrate the life I lived. Reflecting on the memories we created at the family and friends gathering, worshiping and praising the Lord together, the jokes I told, working side by side or just sitting in each other's presence; no matter how great or small just remember the good times. Don't be sad but rejoice. Know that I was ready to be absent from this body and to be present with the Lord.                                                                                                               ....until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Love you all ~ Sherman Langhorn with an "e"!!



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Visitation at Funeral Home

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday, June 24, 2023
Marian Gray Thomas Funeral Home
64 Cartersville Road
Cumberland, Virginia, United States

Funeral Service

1:30 pm
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Rocky Mount Baptist Church
919 Stoney Point Road
Cumberland, Virginia, United States

Final Resting Place

1:30 pm
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery
919 Stoney Point Road
Cumberland, Virginia, United States
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1946 - 2023

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