Judge Vincent Jerome Sherry Jr.

Judge Vincent Jerome Sherry Jr.

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 14 Sep 1987 (aged 58)
Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 99196064 · View Source
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Vincent Jerome Sherry Jr. (1929-1987), age 58 years, 203 Hickory Hills Circle, was found dead with Margaret Joyce Smith Sherry (1929-1987), his spouse, on Wednesday, September 16, 1987, at their Biloxi home.

Vincent was the son of Vincent J. Sherry Sr. (1899-1970), a commercial salesman, and Cleo Hunt Sherry (1897-1980). On November 22, 1950, he married Margaret Joyce Smith (1929-1987), a native of Mooringsport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana and the daughter of Bernie W. Smith Sr. and Rubye Dyer Smith. She was the youngest of her two siblings: Bernie W. Smith Jr. (b. 1925) and Charles Raymond "Red' Smith (1926-2009). Margaret was reared in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Vincent and Margaret were the parents of four children: Margaret Lynne Sherry (b. 1952) m. Richard Sposito; Vincent J. Sherry III; Eric Smith Sherry m. Marian Venetia Bailey; and Leslie Anne Sherry m. Benjamin D. Miller III.

Vincent J. Sherry Jr. held degrees from Western Kentucky College, Middle Tennessee State College, and the University of Southern Mississippi. His law degree was earned at the George Washington University Law School. In 1986, Vincent was appointed by Mississippi Governor William A. Allain (b. 1928) in to serve as interim 2nd Circuit Court Judge.

Judge Sherry served in the USAF from November 1951 until November 1971. Colonel Sherry was an intelligence officer for seven years and judge advocate for thirteen years.

Six of 12 Vietnamese refugees who made their home on the Mississippi Coast came to Biloxi in late May from the Eglin AFB Refugee Center. Vincent and Margaret Sherry sponsored the families and gave the Vinh family temporary shelter in ther home. The former South Vietnamese airforce officers and pilots and families were: Nguien Quan Vinh, Tuyet, his spouse, and 18-month old daughter, Van Anh, and Hoang Thanh Nha, Yen, his wife, and 7-year old, daughter, Nhi. Others expected to arrive were Phan Huu Minh and his family(The Daily Herald, May 28, 1975, p. 1)

Vincent J. Sherry Jr. had been employed with the Biloxi law firm of Page, Mannino, & Peresich. He had taught political science and criminal justice at the University of Southern Mississippi for eight years.


Edward Humes, Mississippi Mud, (Gallery Books: New York-1994), 434 pages.

The Daily Herald, 'Refugees arrive in Biloxi', May 28, 1975, p. A-1.

The Sun Herald, 'Judge Vincent Sherry-Mrs. Margaret Sherry', September 18, 1987, p. A4.

The Sun Herald, 'Sherry files combed for clues to killers', September 18, 1987, p. A1.

The Sun Herald, 'Mrs. Sherry told of fears of murder', September 19, 1987, p. A1.

The Sun Herald, 'Sherrys remembered with humor, affection', September 20, 1987, p. A1.

The Sun Herald, "Eldest [Lynne S. Sposito] will not rest until nightmare is over", December 16, 1990, p. A1.

The Sun Herald, 'Grand Jury plans 1 more session on Sherry murder investigation, February 13, 1991, p. A-1.

The Sun Herald, "The Sherry Murders: 20 years later-Still stunning-Biloxi's most notorious murders revisited", September 9, 2007, p. A 1.

The Sun Herald, "FBI vet won 10-year fight", September 9, 2007, p. A 1.

The Sun Herald, "The Sherry Murders: 20 years later-Not the best sort of witness", September 10, 2007, p. A 1.

The Sun Herald, "House where Sherry's were murdered will be torn down", September 26, 2010, p. A 1.

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