BERRY, William Thomas, a lifelong resident of Richmond for 91 years, died peacefully at home on December 11, 2012, surrounded by family members who loved and cared for him during his final days on this earth. Mr. Berry is survived by Ellen Journey Berry, his devoted wife of 68 years; daughter, Carol and her husband, Bob Newcomb; son, Bill and his wife, Lauri Berry; granddaughters, Diane Easter (Roy), Debra Gozzi (Justin) and Caitlyn, Suzanne and Madelyn Berry; great-grandchildren, Daniel Easter, MaryGrace and Benjamin Gozzi and Anna Screeney (Michael); and a large extended family. Mr. Berry was the last survivor of three brothers, John, James and Charles Berry; and three sisters, Mary Bullock, Elizabeth Powell and Carlease Crump. Mr. Berry was a Navy veteran, having served in the Landing Craft Infantry in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. His Navy service was followed by a 36-year career with Kane Plumbing Company. Following retirement, he worked for 15 years at Kings Dominion. A prayer service will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 14, immediately followed by visitation until 8:30 p.m. at Bliley's - Central, 3801 Augusta Ave. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Road, on Saturday, December 15 at 11 a.m., with burial to follow at Westhampton Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, where Mr. Berry was a longtime member and will always be remembered for his commitment to faith and family. Papa will be missed, but we are comforted to know that he is resting in the presence of God.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.