BERRY, Willie "Bill" A. Jr., died peacefully Monday, January 21, 2013 at the age of 94 in his home at Westminster Canterbury. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Evelyn Phillips Berry; children, Bill Berry III (Kathy) of Richmond, Va., and Ellen Looper (Marshall) of Aiken, S.C.; grandchildren, Micah (Mary-Catherine) and Amber Berry, Sarah and Matthew Looper; sisters, Lucille Whitt and Gertrude Stanfield; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Bill was born on September 28, 1918 in Person County, N.C., where he grew up with his nine brothers and sisiters, and his parents, Willie A. Berry Sr. and Fannie Hall Berry. He was a WWII veteran and attended Wake Forest University and Southwestern Seminary. His ministry career in Richmond included serving the staffs of Tabernacle and Pine Street Baptist Churches, and as Director of the Oregon Hill Baptist Center. His gentle and compassionate love touched the lives of all who knew him. His family and gardens were the joys of his life. The world is a far better place because he graced it with his presence for nearly a century. Celebrations of his life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Pine Street Baptist Church, 400 S. Pine Street, Richmond, Va. 23220, and at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, January 28, 2013 in The Commons at Westminster Canterbury, 1600 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, Va. 23227, with receptions to follow. The family thanks the staff of Westminster Canterbury for their excellent care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westminster Canterbury Fellowship Fund or Pine Street Baptist Church.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.