Cleveland Terry

Cleveland Terry

January 19, 1944 – March 22, 2023

Mr. Cleveland Terry, affectionately known as “Pa” by
many, and “Papa” by his great grandchildren, was born on
January 19, 1944, to the late John Henry and Venetta Capel
Terry. He peacefully departed this earthly life on Wednesday,
March 22, 2023, at Firsthealth Moore Regional Hospital in
Pinehurst, NC, surrounded by his loving family.

Cleveland and Betty shared 46 years of marriage. Out
of this union, five beautiful children were born, Lisa, Shirley,
Cleveland Jr., Phillip, and Joel.

He loved watching westerns, wrestling, and spending
time with family and friends, especially his great-grandchildren.
Cleveland also enjoyed fishing, volleyball, cooking, and a nice
home-cooked meal. He was very skilled with his hands and
liked working outside. Cleveland was employed by Clark’s
Equipment and JP Stevens.

Cleveland graduated from Mineral Springs School, Class
of 1963, in Ellerbe, NC. He loved the Lord and attended many
churches in Richmond and surrounding counties, supporting
his wife, Reverend Betty Terry. Cleveland truly believed in
helping others, even strangers.

Cleveland was preceded in death by his parents, John
Henry, and Venetta Terry, his wife, Reverend Betty Terry, a son
Phillip Terry, three sisters, Joann Stanback, Lucille T, Hoover
and Diane T. McLaughlin, and four brothers, Edward Terry Sr.,
Joe Capel, Roscoe Terry, and Calvester Terry.

Those left to celebrate his life and cherished memories are
his four children, Lisa Terry, Shirley Terry (Russell), Cleveland
Terry Jr. (Vivian), and Joel Terry (Wanda); ten grandchildren;
seventeen great grandchildren; one sister, Christine Reid
(Jeffery); two brothers, Ernest Terry (Bobbie), and Melvin
McLaughlin; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Simmons (Avery) and
Edna Wall; three brothers-in-law, Perry Covington (Sal), David
Covington and Robert Covington (Sherilynn); a good friend,
Mr. Edward Wakefall; and a host of other relatives and friends.

On behalf of the Elite Funeral Services management and staff, we offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends.


Elite Funeral Services
125 High Street, Ellerbe, North Carolina 28338
Monday, March 27, 2023 | 1pm-5pm

Funeral Service

Elite Funeral Services
125 High Street, Ellerbe, North Carolina 28338
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 | 12 noon


Northside Cemetery
2104 Fayetteville Road, Rockingham, North Carolina 28379
Tuesday, March 28, 2023

10 Condolences

  • Darshune Williams Posted March 24, 2023 4:56 pm

    My condolences to the family. Mr. Cleveland will be missed. He was part of our family’ for awhile. Heaven has gained an angel. He was full of laughter and loved the children and they loved him. Take your rest!! ❤️

  • Kimberly Baldwin Posted March 24, 2023 5:14 pm

    My condolences to the family. I met Mr. Cleveland a few times amd it was always a pleasure. May God give you all peace and strength 🙏🙏

  • Tonya Morris Posted March 25, 2023 7:14 pm

    My condolences to the family sorry for you all loss. Praying for you all! Love Tonya and Charles Morris

  • Winnie Brown Posted March 25, 2023 9:44 pm

    My condolences to the family.He was such a cheerful man. Met him years ago when Rev. Betty Terry was our pastor. We became family and stayed in touch with each other. Talked with him about a month ago. Really gonna miss him. Praying for you all.

  • The Cameron Family Posted March 27, 2023 11:14 am

    Sending our love and condolences to the Family for the loss of your Dear Loved One.

  • Rev. Yvette D. Ramseur Posted March 27, 2023 12:31 pm

    My condolences to each family member. My heart is heavy for your loss. I pray God will give you strength. My prayers are with you in times like these

  • Shenetta Posted March 27, 2023 1:33 pm

    Praying for the family Love you all Shenetta Allen

  • Reverend Earl Little Posted March 27, 2023 6:59 pm

    May God Comfort the Family and give them strength in this time of Loss.

  • ECH – MSH SCHOOL REUNION COMMITTEE Posted March 31, 2023 9:26 am

    Heartfelt condolences and prayer for your strength in Jesus’ Name

  • Lacy and Sue Dockery Posted March 31, 2023 9:27 am

    Prayers for the family. May God strengthen you.

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