Judy, Lowana and I both have you and your family in our hearts and prayers. Not only was Ed my band teacher, he was my inspiration. After high school, I went into the Marine Corps and was in the Drum and Bugle Corps, as Ed had been in the Marine Corps band. We met again several times at the reunions and his smile never seemed to go away. Such a lovely man. It seems God always sends an angel among us for inspiration and Ed will always by mine!!
Ed was one of the most caring and warm individuals I have ever known. He was my choir director at church, my high school vice principal, and a mentor. Not many individuals 'stick out' as important in a person's life, but Ed did for me.... he guided me, mentored me, and supported me in more ways than anyone will ever know... cherished memories forever.... Thank You Mr. Berry!
I am so sorry for your loss. Ed was a delight. He was so much fun I will never forget how hard we laughed when he brought my keys back that you had absentmindedly picked up off my counter. He was cracking all these jokes. It was hilarious. He is missed. I hope to see you soon.
will always remember Mr. Berry, such a kind and very talented teacher. Barbara Olinghouse, SE class of 1955
I was a student in the band at Southeast High School and always thought of Mr. Berry as one of my greatest mentors. He talked me into learning and playing the French Horn when I was in the seventh grade. So for six years I wagged the French Horn back and forth during the first month of each school year and then left it in the insturment room the remainder of the year. Ed always understood that I would be ready to hit the high notes. My memories of early marching band practices are still quite vivid.
I am sorry for our loss of such a man who always demonstrated and taught tremendous integrity.
Judy, I'm so very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed being in the band at SEHS and knew Ed Berry as an inspiring band director who earned the respect of his students with his enthusiasm for the music and with his kindness. I feel lucky to have known this wonderful man.
Gene Walther - Class of '58
All though I wasn't in the band, I remember him directing the chorus I was part of in some of those years. I loved his smile even the last time I remember that warm smile of his. My sympathy goes out to Judy and her family for their losing their Father, husband, and friend.
Mr Berry was a top notch teacher. I was in the Southeast choir and my husband in the band. I worked in the office and I would sneak up to the band room to listen. He was more than a teacher, he was a friend to all who knew him. Prayers for his family at this time of need.
He loved and encouraged me in spite of the fact that I was the worst oboe player he could have ever dreamed of having. He was a treasure to SE High! May God bless his family!
So sorry to read of your loss. Ed was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. My best to you.
As a former student at Southeast , band member and majorette in Mr. Berry's band, I will always remember his warm smile and his great talent. Remembering him with prayers for his family.
Our friendship goes back 65 years...I was a student at Southeast High School and was in Ed's band...my thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends...