John Robert DeBerry, 66, of Choctaw, Oklahoma, formerly of Erie, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 22, 2013 in Choctaw after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Jackson, Tennessee on January 12, 1947, son of the late Robert L. and Louella Tharp DeBerry.
He was a 1965 graduate of Merry High School in Jackson, Tenn. and was a veteran of the U. S. Navy. He spent most of his life in Erie, Pa. where he worked at Hays Mfg. Co., Value City Department Store, and was retired from Steris Corp. after 34 years of service. He was owner of DeBerry's Catering and co-owner of Sunny Days Child Care Center. John was one of the founding members of Mt. Ebal Missionary Baptist Church and also served as a Deacon.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Louella Tharp Cooper; two brothers, Robert Jr. and Charles E. DeBerry and two infant brothers; and a sister, Racheal DeBerry.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 20 years, Barbara A. Jones DeBerry; ten sons, John DeBerry Jr. of Champaign, Ill., Michael Jones, Ramone of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ravon, Darob, Christopher, all of Erie, Pa., Torian, Dejaun and Ashton DeBerry of Choctaw, Okla.; a stepson whom he helped raise, Sunny Ogbonda of Stafford, Va.; seven daughters, Diana D. DeBerry, Monica, Christina DeBerry, all of Erie, Pa., Katrina DeBerry, Desiree Collins (Justin) of Oklahoma City, Okla., Esther Martin (Giorgio) of Arizona, Chelsea of Stafford, Va., Shaquoa DeBerry of Texas; three brothers, James DeBerry (Mary) and Elvon DeBerry of Jackson, Tenn., Odell DeBerry (Ruby) of Elgin, Ill.; three sisters, Lelia Lee, Dorothy Camledge and Barbara DeBerry, all of Erie; twenty grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Friends will be received at the Mt. Ebal Baptist Church, 1617 E. 26th St., on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. Cleveland Ulmer will be the eulogist. Interment in Erie Cemetery. Funeralization by Law Funeral Home, 2926 Pine Ave., Erie, Pa.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Sept. 29, 2013