James William Berry, 89, of Belton, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at his residence. He was born July 29, 1924, to Clyde William and Callie (Karnes) Berry in Tulia, Texas.
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James married Georgia Virginia Palmer on Sept. 30, 1944. He was honorably discharged from the U. S. Army as Private First Class of the 377th Fighter Squadron on Feb. 1, 1946. He served in WWII and received decorations in American Theater, Good Conduct and a Victory Medal. James was an airplane and engine mechanic on 747s while in the service, and was a carbine marksman. He was involved in paint and bodywork for many years.
James was preceded in death by his parents and 11 siblings, Anna Sue, Frank
Warren, Jo Nita, Donald, Douglas, Laura Mae, Margaret, Carl C1yde, twin baby
girls and one baby boy.
Survivors include his wife; his son, James William Berry Jr. of Farmington; two daughters, Sue and spouse Eugene L. Current of Aztec and Dawn
Dossey of Belton, Texas; brother, Bruce Merlin Berry of Montross, Va.; three sisters;
Ruby Lee James of Claude, Texas, Patsy Russell of Avalon, Texas, and Mildred Ellerd
of Santa Barbara, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and l8 great-grandchildren.
A visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, at Heartfield Funeral Home, in Belton, Texas.
A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on today, Jan. 21, at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with the interment following at noon in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Heartfleld Funeral Home.
Arrangements are in the care of Heartfield Funeral Home, 503 N Main St, Belton, TX 76513, 254-939-2411.
Published in Farmington Daily Times on Jan. 21, 2014