JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Four butterflies. That's what the man in charge of the funeral service for Cherish Perrywinkle plans to bring as a gift.
Pastor Steve Dobbs at Paxon Revival Center Church on the Westside says the four butterflies light up, and he hopes they bring some solace to Cherish's family at a horrific time. He plans to give one each to Cherish's two younger sisters and her biological parents.
The pastor says the butterflies represent his belief that Cherish is no longer trapped in a situation of pain. He says he plans to "speak from the heart" during the service, and just refer to notes he's prepared rather than a script.
Cherish, the pastor says, came to his church frequently with a neighbor and friend. Dobbs says his staff noted that Cherish was always polite and well-behaved.
Dobbs says the church wanted to bring them a meal to cook, but neighbors said the family's stove was broken. The church bought them a new stove and a vacuum.
The funeral service for Cherish is Friday, June 28th at 2pm at Paxon Revival Center Church on Commonwealth. The family is inviting the public and the media.