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Hiliard Kay Berrey Jr.(1922 - 2013)

Hiliard Kay Berrey Jr. went home to his Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Celebration of life: 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in Laurel Land Memorial Chapel in Fort Worth. Interment: Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Laurel Land Funeral Home. Kay was born at home in Norton on Oct. 21, 1922, to Hiliard Kay and Laura Curry Berrey. He married Edna Mahaffey on Jan. 19, 1944. During their more than 58 years of marriage, they were blessed with four daughters and 10 grandchildren. His parents, two sisters, brother, wife and one grandchild, Caleb Shoemake, preceded him in death. Kay was the first in his family to attend college, starting prior to World War II at Howard Payne College and graduating from Texas Wesleyan College. He earned a master's in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1958. He volunteered and served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. He retired from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development after a career as a public servant. Kay served as minister of education in both Fort Worth and Waco. He served many years as a deacon and Sunday school teacher, most recently at Birchman Baptist Church. His involvement was not limited to his church. For instance, he served on a Tarrant County grand jury, chaired the Southwest Fort Worth Sector Planning Committee and served as a member of the Benbrook Charter Committee. Kay Berrey was known for his PUN-ishing sense of humor and quick wit. He could always find the humor in his and others' circumstances and knew that laughter is good for the soul. He was a man of strong convictions, strong commitments and much love. As such, he often, championed the underdog, loved and cared for the wife of his youth through her death and reared his daughters to become four strong women. Survivors: Kay his survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Berrey, Laura Shoemake, Karen Kibbe and Susan Yandell; nine grandchildren, Christopher Walker, Heather Walker, Claire Walker Moffatt, Robert Kibbe, Rachel Kibbe, Tiffany Martin, Shawna Bowers, Jeremy Yandell and Gabriel Yandell; numerous great-grandchildren; five nephews, one of whom, Larry Adams, he nurtured as a son. Following his wife's death, he enjoyed the company of his "sweetheart," Maxine Gammill, who also survives him.

Published in Star-Telegram from Sept. 21 to Sept. 22, 2013
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