Frank Odell Sherrill Jr. was born December 17, 1922, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was a World War II Marine veteran and a contributing photographer for G magazine. Sherrill, whose father served as president of the S&W Cafeteria, came to Greensboro in 1953 in order to work as an assistant manager of the downtown restaurant. During the 1960s, the cafeteria was often the scene of civil rights protests and demonstrations. Sherrill left S&W Cafeteria in 1968 and died on October 9, 1983, in Greensboro, at the age of 60.