Brooks Norfleet Berry, age 17, died on April 9, 2006 from a fatal head injury. He is survived by his parents, John Frederick "Jack" Berry and Katherine Norfleet Berry; his brother, John Norfleet Berry; his grandmother, Mary Gail Norfleet; his uncle, Brian D. Berry and wife, Susan, and their two children, Kaitlyn and Jessica; his aunt, Kay Berry Vila and husband, Robert, and their children, Zach and Jake; his aunts, Gail Norfleet, and Anne Norfleet Bailey and her husband, Robert, and their children, Brooks, Catherine and Sophie. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard and Gretta Berry of Lynchburg and Brooks Norfleet of Dallas, Texas. Brooks was a student at Benedictine High School, where he was active in sports, having played on the JV basketball, football and baseball teams, as well as the Varsity tennis team. He loved his Benedictine family, and that love was and continues to be returned in innumerable ways. Brooks was a gifted musician who played the guitar and wrote, sang and recorded music with his brother and friends. His first recording was a creative version of "All Along the Watchtower," by Bob Dylan. Brooks grew up in Ashland and had friends throughout the Richmond area, from Beaverdam to Brandermill, and everywhere in between. Benedictine Headmaster John McGinty described him as the "universal friend." Brooks brought joy to everyone he touched. He lived for the moment, was unburdened by rules and brought out the goodness in every person he met. He was kind, caring and shared his boundless love with everyone. Brooks Berry was unique on the planet. His way of life was guided by God, always loving and giving. He knew no pretense. Brooks was an organ donor who saved several lives. He gave his lungs, kidneys, liver and pancreas so others might live. He gave his eyes so another might see. He also gave bones and tissues. As his friends said, "those organ recipients are going to wake up in the morning and ROCK." A service will be held at St. Benedict Catholic Church for Benedictine High School students, faculty and friends at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2006. A memorial service will be held at Second Presbyterian Church, 5 North 5th Street in Downtown Richmond on Thursday at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at the church. Donations may be made to the Brooks Norfleet Berry Music Scholarship Fund at Benedictine High School, 304 North Sheppard St., Richmond, Va. 23221. To register your online condolences please visit www.blileyfuneralhomes.com
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.