LONGVIEW — Fredrick Smith Berry was born February 20, 1927, in Natchez, Mississippi, and was reared in Tensas Parish, Louisiana. He died October 11, 2013, in Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Berry is survived by his son, John F. Berry and wife, Peggy, of Tyler; daughters, Diane Berry Hays of San Antonio and Patricia Berry Meyer and husband, Beau, of Garland; grandchildren, Parker F. Berry and wife, Rachael, of Katy, Texas; great-grandchildren, Emma Ruth, Anne Berry Schultz and husband, Drew, of Dallas and McNeilly Katherine Hays of San Antonio; and twin brother, Burton Berry and wife, Mary Kathryn, of West Monroe, Louisiana.
Mr. Berry is preceded in death by his wife, Joan Noyes Berry; father, Burton Wesley Berry; mother, Katherine Smith Berry; sister, Elizabeth Berry Lynch; brothers, Burton Oliver Berry and Edward Y. Berry; and his son-in-law, Bill Hays.
Mr. Berry graduated from the University of Texas
at Austin in 1955 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He worked with his wife, Joan, in founding and operating Berry Transportation Inc. Mr. Berry was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Henry Foster Sunday school class, member of the Rotary Club
of Longview and other civic organizations.
Fred was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a great friend to many people. He was a man of the highest integrity, faithful to God in all things and he loved to hunt birds with his son, grandson and friends near Goldthwaite, Texas. He and his twin brother were survivors of the great Mississippi River flood of 1927, where, as babies, they floated in a basket on the high waters, prodded along by their older siblings.
Fred was reared on the Wavertree Plantation in Tensas Parish, where he and Burton raised cows, helped on the farm and got into a little trouble from time to time. Fred served in the U.S. Navy
during the end of World War II
, serving on the USS Duluth as it left China at the end of the war.
Interment will be 12:30 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2013, at Rosewood Park Cemetery, with a memorial service to follow at 20 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Longview.
The family extends their grateful thanks to the members of the Henry Foster Sunday school class and the staff of the Plaza at Edgemere in Dallas, where Fred had received excellent care and assistance for the past four years.
Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, Asbury House, Margaret's House, through Beacon Hill Hospice Foundation or the