|Vol. 22 No. 9||
Wednesday March 8, 2023
Sheryle 'Cheese' Burger Lens Of Love
Sheryle Ann “Cheese” Burger, of Newnan, GA, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2023, peacefully at home with family by her side.
Her friend and ours, Reverend Donna Mullins officiated at her funeral services, (today Donna is vice president, Kale Logistics Solutions).
“Sheryle was a great American," Donna recalled.
“She served her country, both overseas and here at home on our own soil.
“Her two career goals when she was a child in the State of Georgia: ‘Serve My Country and work for Coke!’
“Sheryle did both,” Donna said.
“She served in the U.S. Army from 1991 to 1996 as a Specialist and is a Veteran of The Gulf War after serving in Operation Desert Storm, Egypt.
“She received several Commendation Medals.
“After her military service, she worked in her life-long dream job with The Coca-Cola Company for 18 years and 7 months. She was part of their “Glass Quilt” campaign and received over 60 Red Tag Honors and Awards. She was most recently employed at ALPLA Group, McDonough, GA as a Safety Specialist with a CEAS Certification.”
While she was working at Coca Cola, she became very active with the Atlanta Air Cargo Association community outreach program to welcome home our soldiers from the Gulf War at the airport.
In this small, but touching way she reminded us both of our responsibility to honor America.
"Cheese" was also very active in participating in the USO at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
On 9/11 when the USA was brought to its knees, in the chaos and destruction of the Worid Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City as we saw our politicians and others standing proud, Sheryle took her own personal stand.
She sewed a flag on her left shoulder sleeve every day beginning on 9/12/01 and wore it proudly for 7,834 days or 1119 weeks thereafter, until a couple of months ago when she became too feeble to continue.
“I’m glad she was my friend,” Donna quietly recalled.
“She was a great friend to so many and probably the proudest Veteran I ever met.
“Kathy and I met Cheese right after she transferred to Atlanta.
“She came out to play softball and we already had 2 Cheryl’s and we asked her what her last name was and she said Burger.
“We said, do you want to be Ham or Cheese? We had no idea what a photographer she was; she started snapping all those pictures and Cheese was indeed the perfect name for her.
“Cheese saw all of us through a different lens on her camera but with the same lens in her heart – the lens of love.
“She will be missed.
“From the rainbow on her shoulder, her strength and caring made all of us better,” Donna Mullins remembered.
In lieu of flowers, donate to the Emory Winship Cancer Center.
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