Dr. Richard Lafayette Berry
February 9, 1927 - November 30, 2013
Dr. Richard Berry, age 86, passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2013, in Marshall, Texas. He was born on February 9, 1927, in Prentiss, Mississippi, to Roscoe C. and Marguerite Chalk Berry, and he grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi, where he graduated from high school. Dr. Berry married Virginia Mobley on June 20, 1954, in Utica, Mississippi.
Dr. Berry served in both the United States Navy and Army during and after World War II. During his military career, he received the Atlantic War Zone Ribbon, Mediterranean Middle East War Zone Ribbon, and the Victory Medal. After his time in service, he attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where he received his B.S. Degree in 1951. He received his M.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1957. He completed his internship at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and his residency in radiology at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Berry was affiliated with Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview and Memorial Hospital in Marshall, and he served as Assistant Chief Surgeon in 1964 at the Texas & Pacific Hospital in Marshall. He was Past President of the Harrison County Medical Society; a Trustee of the Marshall Independent School Board from 1972-1984; former Vice-Chairman of the Marshall-Harrison County Board of Health; Rotary Club member; and former member of the Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. From 1972-1989, Dr. Berry was Director and Chief of Radiology at Memorial Hospital in Marshall. Some of his publications and awards include "Use of Synchronized Direct-Current Electrode-Fibrillation in a Medium-Sized Hospital" as published by the American Geriatrics Society along with Dr. Robert Koenig; best published paper by a general practitioner in 1966, presented by the American Academy of General Practice; guest speaker at the American Academy of General Practice in September, 1967; and the American Medical Association Physicians Recognition Award, 1970-1984.
Dr. Berry is survived by his wife, Virginia "Ginny" Mobley Berry; daughter, M'Liss McMinn, and her husband, Rick; son, Rick Berry, and his wife, Joy; grandchildren: Jaclyn Pedersen, and husband, Chris; Meghan Aldredge and husband, Zack; Jenifer Pope, and husband, Kyle; Collin McMinn; Kelly Hall and husband, Craig; and Kristin Berry; great-grandchildren: AnnaBelle Pedersen and Carter Hall; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, James and Elizabeth Young, Kay Ramsey, and Betty Denley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Marguerite Berry.
Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the Colonial Chapel of Sullivan Funeral Home in Marshall, Texas, with Reverend Wes Sherman officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from noon until 1:30 p.m. at Sullivan Funeral Home in Marshall. A private family graveside service will immediately follow at Colonial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Rick McMinn, Collin McMinn, Chris Pedersen, Zack Aldredge, Kyle Pope, Dr. Robert Palmer, and Dr. George Bennett.
The family would like to thank Bobbie Johnson, Lola Spillman, and Ruby High who lovingly nursed him.
Online condolences may be offered at www.sullivan-funeralhome.com.
Sullivan Funeral Home
100 E. Travis Marshall, TX 75670
Published in The Sun Herald on Dec. 3, 2013