Sherry Lynn Birger
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Sherry Lynn Birger was born Sherry Lynn Moultrie in Cullman, Ala., on Jan. 13, 1950.

She graduated with honors from Huntsville High School in 1968. In 1973, she graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with bachelor of arts degrees in both French and English. At 50, she earned her master’s degree in English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and was awarded membership to the Sigma Tau Delta Honorary Society for her outstanding academic achievement.

Her academic teaching experiences included positions with Roane County, Knox County, and Hamilton County schools as well as Lee University in Cleveland.

At the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, she wrote and received a grant from Gov. Lamar Alexander’s Highway Safety Program to fund and create a children’s coloring book, which she titled “Safetyman,” to teach concepts of safety to small children.

She enjoyed literature, history, playing classical piano, European travel, hiking, bicycling, her little doggies and kitty cats, camping and flying along hundreds of miles of mountain trails on her Tennessee walking horse, O-So-Silver. She loved the thrilling power of driving her 2006 Ford F-250 Crew Cab 4- rive 6-liter power stoke diesel pickup, which she and her granddaughter, Stella, fondly referred to as “Grandma Sherry’s Big Red Truck.”

She engendered a legendary enthusiasm for life and the celebration of it through dance and music. Well illustrated, her tabletop humming-bird-wing-shake and rhythmic-crash style of tambourine play was never challenged.

Survivors include her loving husband of 42 years, Steve Birger; impassioned children: Stephen Perry Birger and Anastasia Collette Ozkaya and husband, Metehan Ozkaya; her darling 3-year-old granddaughter, Stella; Metehan’s family: Tugrul, Fusun and Murat Ozkaya; and brother, Jimmy Moultrie and wife, Mary, remain; and her many friends whom she touched are her extended family and survive her as well.

She was a devout and faithful Christian, and was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church in Cleveland.

To celebrate her life and join with those whose lives she touched, please come to her memorial service Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at the Broad Street United Methodist Church, 155 Central Ave. N.W., Cleveland TN.

The visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. after which a service in the sanctuary will be held and officiated by Pastor Randy Martin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Broad Street United Methodist Church, “Sherry Birger Children’s Ministry Fund” P.O. Box 3, Cleveland TN 37364.

Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.