Margaret Joyce <I>Smith</I> Sherry

Margaret Joyce Smith Sherry

Mooringsport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 14 Sep 1987 (aged 58)
Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 99196183 · View Source
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Margaret Joyce Smith (1929-1987) was born in Mooringsport, Louisiana to 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) m. Ann Hall.

Margaret was reared in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She graduated from Western Kentucky State College and taught school. On November 22, 1950, Margaret married Vincent Jerome Sherry Jr. (1929-1989), a native of Brooklyn, New York. They 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.

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)

Margaret Smith Sherry was active in politics on the Coast. She was elected to the Biloxi City Council from Ward VII; served as District V representative to the Harrison County Republican Executive Committee. Mrs. Sherry ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Biloxi in 1985.


The Deadliest Decade” on Investigation Discovery (ID) channel, “The Dixieland Murders” (2017) documenting their lives and final days. “In 1987, two of Biloxi, Mississippi, most prominent citizens, Judge Vincent Sherry and his wife, Margaret, a city councilwoman, are shot to death in their home. Their oldest daughter sets out on a decade-long quest to find her parents’ killer.”

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 Record [Leitchfield, Kentucky], 'Charles Raymond "Red" Smith', October 17, 2009.

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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