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Harold Joseph Sherman, Ret. SGM, NCOIC of the US Army Chorus “Pershing’s Own” Ft. Myer, VA
Harold Joseph Sherman, “Hal,” passed away at home in Williamsburg on Friday, December 4th at age 83.
Hal was born in Royal Oak, MI on January 26, 1932 to Harold S. and Nioma Sherman, the first of four siblings. Hal first discovered his love of music in junior high school, where he formed a barbershop quartet that went on to win honors. He continued his musical escapades through high school at Royal Oak High and then at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.
Hal followed his mother’s example by singing in church choirs where he was often tapped to be soloist. Hal met his wife, Nancy, during these years, and together they began their life and love of music together.
Hal and Nancy often joked that he married her so he would no longer need to pay for an accompanist, as Nancy is an accomplished pianist and organist. Hal and Nancy married on August 5th, 1955 in Birmingham, MI at the church where they both played and sang. Hal performed in Summer Stock music theatre prior to auditioning for the Army Chorus – a new all male organization being formed.
In 1956, Hal and Nancy moved to Arlington, VA and Hal began his army service. Hal spent 23 years in the Army chorus and served as the Non-Commissioned-Officer-In-Charge (NCOIC) after the retirement of the former NCOIC. During this time, he and Nancy had two children, Jeffrey Mark and Jennifer Lynn and moved to Fairfax, VA. His children inherited their parents’ musical abilities.
Upon retirement in 1979, he and Nancy bought land in southern VA (Keysville) and built a passive solar home that he designed. After 15 years of living the sustainable lifestyle, the pair moved to Farmville, had another new home built (this time for them) and took on new jobs at Longwood College (now University).
In 1998, pursuing their passion for fine arts and music, they moved to Williamsburg, where they have resided since. Hal and Nancy joined the Williamsburg Choral Guild, and engaged in numerous other musical and artistic activities with friends and family. Hal and Nancy celebrated 60 years of making beautiful music together this past August.
Hal was preceded in death by his younger siblings, Gail and Tom.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; son, Jeff (Margaret); daughter Jennifer Baker (David); three grandchildren, Jessica, Zachary (Cpl, USMC Veteran), and Sierra; as well as his sister, Carole Allen (Bud) who also reside in the Williamsburg area.
A musical memorial will be held on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 at 2 pm at Nelsen Funeral Home in Williamsburg, VA.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Hal may be made to the Williamsburg Choral Guild and the Cancer Society.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.
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