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Junior Thomas Berkley(1925 - 2013)

Junior Thomas Berkley, 88, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Funeral: 10 a.m. Friday at Richland Hills Baptist Church, the Rev. James Hooper officiating. Interment: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst. Memorials: Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Richland Hills Baptist Church. J.T. was born Jan. 11, 1925, to Jeptha and Fannie Edmundson Berkley in Hamilton County. He lived in the rural Fairy community and attended Fairy High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and fought at the Battle of the Bulge where he received the Bronze Star for valor. He met and married Katherine, his first wife. They had one son, Philip, and were married about 60 years. J.T. retired from Bell Helicopter. He was a godly man and for many years was a deacon in his church, where he met his second wife, Mildred Teems. It was a whirlwind romance beginning in November, engaged in December and married March 11, 2007. J.T. was preceded in death by his parents; six siblings; first wife, Katherine; son, Phillip; and second wife, Mildred. Survivors: Daughter, Cheryl Cresswell and husband, Chris; grandchildren, Autumn, Kelci and Colby and wife, Christy McGinnis; great-granddaughter, Jayci McGinnis and her father, Larry Mixon; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Published in Star-Telegram on Sept. 4, 2013
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