It's been a time coming writing in this book, there's been so many emotions concerning my aunts' passing. We all meaning the family were gathered around Lois at the hospital in the last hours, praying and crying, touching her, kissing her but the LORD knew what was best....but it all seemed a dream still, I just wanted to say I'll always remember how you use to call me from all across the United States whenever you needed me to do something for you. I miss those calls, your voice, your Love, your touch. We shared you with the world, but we didn't mine at all cause we knew the work on the battlefield you had to do. Cynthia, Jerald, Bryant and Micheal loves you and miss you so very much.
The Honorable Lois DeBerry will truly be missed.
I became who I am you hold my life in the palm of your hand you showed me right from wrong. But the day you died everything went wrong you knew me oh so well. the day you died my heart fell I will never forget you until I die. Maybe someday we will meet up in the sky i know the lord took you cause it was time. But he should of let me say the right goodbye I think of you day to day woondering what you would think of me today. I love you and miss you.
I will always love you Lady D my heart is heavy rest in peace.
Grandmother my heart never felt so much pain the sky came together and dropped lots of rain. I thought my life was coming to an end. All I know is I will never give in you were the reason I became who I am you hold my life in the palm of your hand you showed me right from wrong. But the day you died everything went wrong you knew me oh so well. the day you died my heart fell I will never forget you until I die. Maybe someday we will meet up in the sky i know the lord took you cause it was time. But he should of let me say the right goodbye I think of you day to day woondering what you would think of me today. I love you and miss you.
Deepest sympathy to her only child, Michael. Sorry for your loss also to her husband.
To Michael (Lois' son) and to Michael (Lois' brother): I grieve for your loss! Lois, her mother Mary, her uncle Mr. Page and the 2 of you were our nextdoor neighbors on Alida Avenue. Lois' political career was just taking off about the same time I moved to Florida. I'll never forget Mrs. Mary's big smile and her good sense of humor. Mr. Page painted the interior of my parents' home and did such a magnificent job that all of my parents' guests complimented his work. I enjoyed his great sense of humor; even if it was from a male perspective.
Lois has lived a very busy and productive life. She has paid her dues and earned her wings. Lois will long be remembered as a no-nonsense politician and a woman of integrity who was well-respected; because she wasn't afraid to take a stand. Her once weary soul is at peace. Your family is in my prayers.
ALWAYS WILL BE IN MY HEART A VERY GOOD CYPRESS JR. HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
May God Almighty bless and comfort your hearts during this time of grief.
Mr. Traughber, I really feel for you in the loss of your wonderful lady. You were so kind to us and I wanted to let you know we are thinking and praying for you.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Michelle Johnson & Family-NAC
Gloria Lawlah and the Maryland Department of Aging extend sincerest sympathy to the family and loved ones who now experience the loss of a sister, public servant and great leader - the Honorable Lois DeBerry. She will be missed,but not forgotten
With Deepest Sympathy, My Prayers are with the Family.
'GOD is a Comforter'
Who can find a virtuous woman?
For her price is far above rubies.........
~TO THE DEBERRY FAMILY~
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
The following poem has always provided comfort for me and my family during difficult times...It is entitled:
~The Plan of the Master Weaver~
It reads as follows........
Our lives are but fine weavings that God and we prepare, Each life becomes a fabric planned and fashioned in His care.
We may not always see just how the weavings intertwine, But we must trust the Master's hand and follow His design...
For He can view the pattern upon the upper side, While we must look from underneath and trust His hand to guide.
Sometimes a strand of sorrow is added to His plan, And though it's difficult for us, we still must understand...
That it's He who fills the shuttle, it's He who knows what's best, So we must weave in patience and leave to Him the rest.
Not till the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly... Shall God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why.. The dark threads are as needed in the Weaver's skillful hand As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.
~ Author Unknown ~
As you return to your daily routine..always remember that "memory" is one gift from GOD that "death" does not destroy! Cherish your memories of LOIS...Her spirit will live with you forever!
Trust in the ALMIGHTY GOD with all of your heart, mind, body, and soul! GOD IS YOUR REDEEMER, YOUR PROVIDER, YOUR PROTECTOR, YOUR DELIVERER, YOUR TOWER OF STRENGTH!
May the Peace of the LORD surround all of you now and forever!
R I P. MAY GOD GRANT YOU PEACE IN PARADISE
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
I will miss Rep. DeBerry. She helped me to start my video business and gave her support for over twenty years. I will always remember the excitement, fun and laughter that she gave to the Black Caucus of State Legislators as the "Queen". May God bless the family.
Praying for the family.May she rest in peace.
To Charles and family. Deepest sympathy at this sad time.
From Robert and and all members of the NSW State Parole Authority in Sydney NSW Australia.
I had the pleasure of meeting Rep. Lois Deberry while serving as the only Black Member of the Alaska Legislature. Lois adopted me into the NBCSL family of fellow Legislators and for that I will be forever greatful. I will miss my friend. My prayers are extended to her many friends and family. Former Alaska State Representative Walt Furnace
The women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Lois DeBerry and the entire State of Tennessee. Her inner strength and faithfulness to the organization, even while battling an illness, is an inspiration to us all. We will miss her deeply as she is one of our most beloved sorors.
To the DeBerry family, you have my deepest condolences. May the peace that God gives be with the family.
Dear Deberry Family,
This is another test of endurance. God will give you strength and pull you through. You have my deepest sympathy.
Lois DeBerry my friend, advisor, supporter,critic, dinner pal, will be missed by every life she touched. And we all know who we are. I reflect on the last birthday dinner celebration at Morton's, the last shopping trip to Chico's, the last hospital stay at Vanderbilt, the last call to help our friend's campaign. God made only ONE. Who can fill your shoes? No one...Your legacy will be felt for years to come. You left us too soon...GOD knows best, and we must accept what GOD allows.
My sincere sympathy to your entire family.
Dear Charles and members of your family, I am so sorry for your loss. She was a such a remarkable person who gave so much to your community and more. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts. Please keep in touch my dear friend. We are here for you.
My deepest sympathies for your loss. You are in my thoughts. I hope you find comfort in knowing what an amazing woman she was.
Sending Charles condolences and prayers on the loss of his incredible wife Lois. All of us who have worked with you over so many years now grieve with you. U S Parole Commissioner
Chairman Traughber, Please accept my condolences and know that my prayers are for the peace and comfort for the family of Lady DeBerry as she rests in the palms of God's hands.
I will never forget her kindness to me when my work took me to Legislative Plaza. Her passing is a great loss not only to her family but to the people of Tennessee. Her service, dedication and larger than life personality will be missed.
May the Peace & Love of God Comfort and Strengthen you during this time. I Love you all from the bottom of my heart!
Chairman Traughber I am sorry for your loss and I pray for God's comfort on you and the rest of your family
On behalf of the Florida Parole Commission and myself, please accept our deepest condolences for your recent loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Charles and Family--
May God comfort you during this time of grief.
May the many happy memories bring you much comfort during this of sorry.
Know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Wishing you God's Blessings.
May God be with the family and grant them peace and comfort, knowing that God has prepared a place for her! Cane Creek Baptist Church thank her for all she did for our youth. May she rest in peace!
May God be with the family in their time of grief! Rest in peace, thy faithful servant!
Ms. DeBerry will greatly be missed, she has gone to be with the Lord. Thank God for Senator DeBerry!
To President Charles and family our sincere sympathy in your loss. God bring the comfort to your heart, that only His blessings can impart. Ed & Joseph
Lois always impressed me by her grace and professionalis. She will be missed!
You and your family are in my prayers!!!
My thoughts and prayers goes out to the entire DeBerry family.Mrs. DeBerry made a difference in the lives of so many.Tremendous thanks from the entire Ford family for her time, leadership,and love.
Heffernan/Allstate Insurance Agency has been honored to have Ms DeBerry as a valued customer for over 30 years.
Our office will miss her upbeat personality and her sense of caring for her community. Ms DeBerry will forever be remembered with honor and respect. What a great lady! Rest in Peace.
Mr. Traughber I never had the honor or pleasure of meeting your wife Lois. But I spent some time this afternoon learning about her, and I'm left with one phase ......what a remarkable, remarkable person....to dedicate herself at such an early age to make meaningful and lifelong changes to all the citizens of Tennessee in particular those in the Memphis area for four decades says it all......I know your family is Proud of Lois and all those touched by her life.... Sir, God bless you and your family during this most trying time.....Ellis McSwain.....Chairman Mo. Board of Probation and Parole
With great sympathy to Charles and the family. David Blumberg, Chairman, Maryland Parole Commission
To Lois's husband, Charles, I extend my most sincere condolences. I know this is a terrible loss and am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Holding the family and friends of Representative DeBerry in love and light. I am so sorry for your loss.
May you be comforted by your memories and supported by your love for each other. Her legacy will live on in the physical world and her spirit will continue to be with you.
"There is no death, only a change of worlds." Chief Sealth (Seattle)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
You remain In My Heart A good friend.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the family of Lady D. She was a dynamic leader and a "for real" person.
Wishing the DeBerry family and extended family comfort and peace. Thank you for sharing Lois DeBerry with us through her lifetime of public service. Our nation and all Tennesseans lost a trailblazing leader and role model. Lois DeBerry's compassion, intelligence, tenacity, sense of humor and willingness to mentor others shall never be forgotten. Know that she improved each life that she touched. I am grateful that our lives intersected personally and professionally.
To the entire DeBerry Family and Friends, you are all in my prayers. When I heard of Mrs. DeBerry's passing, my heart was very heavy. I have known her since I was a child. She has been and will continue to be an inspiration to and for me. By her actions, she showed me that with hardwork and faith in God, I can accomplish any and everything I desired. And thanks to her, I have done just that. Rest in peace my mentor and my friend. May God bring peace to each of you.
we mourn the loss of a giant of a woman,a friend and colleauge you will be missed and never forgotten.your friend..
Deepest Condolences to the family.
My sincere condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort at this time of grief.
Rest In Sweet Peace. May Our Lord walk with and hold your family in his loving arms.
May the God of all comfort give you the strength you need. She will be greatly missed. Perrysburg
I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. Mrs. DeBerry showed that she cared deeply for those in her community. I look forward to a time when the bible for tells that death and sickness will be no more. When we can look forward to living forever with those whom we love and as Mrs. DeBerry really change our community for the better. That hope can be a reality for all. Again, I'm very sorry for your loss and I send my condolences.
This lady was so admired by those in Alcoa, TN and so loved.
To Charles and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.May God give you His peace and comfort that surpasses all understanding. ?
Lois was a faithful servant and friend. She always gave a smile and a hello even to those she did not know.
Rest In Peace, Lois Deberry. You served our state (city) well.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
I'm so happy that I had the honor of meeting this powerful woman of God. Capital Hill in Nashville will never the same.
Erma J Johnson
Strong woman! Pray that God strengthens her family during this difficult time.
PRAYERS FOR THIS WONDERFUL FAMILY. LADY D.HAS BEEN A POWERFUL BLUE PRINT FOR THE SUCCESS OF ANY WOMAN IN AMERICA! SHE WILL BE TRULY MISSED.
Dear Chairman Traughber, I am so sorry to hear of your deep loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
We will certainly miss Lois Deberry! Rest in Peace!
To: Charles and the rest of Lois' family you have my deepest sympathy. Charles I was your classmate at Howard High I lived in Memphis for almost 25 years; you met my late husband years ago but you did not know he was my husband, the late Lee Powell
The European team of SLLF is mourning the passing of our beloved friend, a successful political leader, and a firm believer in friendship, good relationship, and international relations:
The Honorable Lois M. DeBerry, Chair of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation (SLLF), from the great state of Tennessee. Lois loved to travel to Europe to attend the various programs here. And she loved the traditional Egg-Nog-Reception hosted by SLLF and PoP here in Berlin. She attended this traditional christmas time function three times in the German capital. Lois was a true ambassador of her home state Tennessee.
We are missing Lois: A true cosmopolitan politician, a great lady, and our friend. Rest in peace, Lois!!!
Speaker De Berry,
You have served us well. I pray that you can now go and rest in God's loving arms. You will be missed but your legacy lives on in all of us who knew your great works.
My deepest sympathy to the family. May you now RIP.................
We thank God for her having passed through this place and pledge that her standards and pride as a legislator will not be in vain.
May God continue to Bless this family. Thank You Rep.DeBerry for all the support you provided the TN Department of Veterans Affairs.
She was a wonderful person and will be missed.
God Bless You and your family...you served the state and your country well...
May God"s word be a source of comfort::
He cares for you:
Truly a remarkable individual, the likes of which we had never seen, nor, shall we see again ...
Rest in peace you are know home with your heavenly Father. Patricia lewis
Very respectable and caring woman. Rest in Peace!! PW
Rest In Peace Rep. Lois Deberry. Thanks for many years of loyal service. Job well done. You will be dearly missed by many and love by all. May God bless and keep your family in this time of sorrow.
Please accept my heartfelt condolence,Just as she tried to make a difference in our world today,our Heavenly Father has promised that through His Kingdom arrangement, that He has set up, under his dear Son JESUS CHRIST, will benefit all mankind in a positive,and successful way..In the meantime,we thank you MS.DEBERRY for your contribution...~an admirer~
MY HEART AND PRAYERS ARE WITH CHARLES AND
MICHEAL,LOIS AND I WERE SISTERS THIS IS VERY HARD FOR ME BUT SHE WAS BORN TO WIN
ELOISE,& JAMES mEMPHIS,TN
Farewell my beloved Lois. Hugs and kisses to you. May you rest in eternal peace. My deepest condolences and prayers to all those who knew and loved her.
Draw close to God and he will draw close to you. Jas 4:8
Thank You for your service. RIP
My condolence goes to the Deberry family. May you find peace in the memories and may the God of all comfort sustain you during this difficult time.
With deepest sympathy to the DeBerry family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead...(Psalm 62:8).
My heartfelt condolences go to the family and friends of Lois DeBerry. Her quest for justice ,along with her battle with cancer surely shows her resilience and courage. Please find comfort in reading Matthew 6:9,10 where God's Kingdom will take place in the heavens and also on the earth. Under this Kingdom rule sickness and death will be gone .
Rest In Peace, dear Lois. You will always be remembered by your first choir members at Cane Creek Church.
Lois made Hamilton High School, the Bunker Hill Commnity, the City Of Memphis,the State of Tennessee and the United States Of America PROUD. She was a special LADY and will be greatly missed. LOVE and condolences from the West Family.
God bless you and your loved ones ~ Rest in peace.
You will be missed greatly!!! Condolences to the Deberry family.
My the God of all Comfort be with your family.
May the God of all comfort and peace be with the Deberry family.We look to the day when sickness and sorrow will be things of the past but until that time may your fond memories stay close to your hearts.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
may God bless the Family and Friends and THE STATE OF TENNESSEE R.I P REP.LOIS DEBERRY
Charles, my prayers are with you and I will never forget the kindness Lois showed me and for allowing my niece Alicia to intern in her office. She was dearly loved and will be sorely missed.
Dear DeBerry family,
I am sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during your bereavement. Phillipians 4:6,7
My deepest sympathy to the family.
What a lady! Her morning has arrived and she standing beside GOD. Thanks for all you have done on earth we'll remember your smile and love.
My heart and prayers are with the family of Mrs. Deberry. "May the God of all comfort , comfort you in this time of sorrow."
Although I did not know Rep. Lois Deberry, reading about the legacy she has left behind has been a great inspiration for me.
May the peace of God be with her family and friends in the days ahead.
RIP Speaker Lois DeBerry. You fought a good fight and kept your faith in God. May God comfort your family and friends.
May god bless this family may god always keep this family in his special care with his special lovec