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EDWARD BERRY

Nov 5, 1924 - March 9, 2013 EDMOND Edward L. Berry was born Nov. 5, 1924, in Oklahoma City to Dr. Cecil E. and Clara Campbell Berry and passed away peacefully at home in Edmond on March 9, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Judy, of the home; son, Kevin; granddaughters, Erica and Kristen Berry; and brother-in-law, Dr. Robert Bell. He also leaves behind sisters-in-law, Susan Mills and Claire Sanger; nieces, Donna Kay Barnes, Karin Newell, Anne Cummings, Nonie Berry, Rosie Mizell, Cheryl Dawn Blaylock and Dr. Emily Hollingsworth; and nephews, Lynn Barnes, Michael Berry, Jim Bell, Jerry Bell, Joe Bell and Dr. Stephen McCulloh. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Dr. L.C. Barnes; sister, Jane Bell; brother, Doyce Berry; daughter, Melodie Berry; and nephew, Kyle McCulloh. A graduate of Miami, Oklahoma, High School, he attended Phillips University and University of Oklahoma. His career began directing choir and band as part of the original staff at Southeast High School, Oklahoma City. He became a counselor, assistant principal, then principal, serving at John Marshall, Eisenhower, Classen, and Douglass High Schools in Oklahoma City, and at Central Mid-High in Edmond. Music was an integral part of his life. He was an instrumentalist and tenor soloist, and in addition to his public school positions, Ed's career as a minister of music spanned decades. He served at Penn Avenue Christian Church, and Village Christian, Oklahoma City, and First Christian, Edmond. Ed proudly served his country as a U.S. Marine in World War II. He was a lifelong member of Lions Club International in the Capitol Hill, Village, Downtown, and Edmond chapters, serving as president of clubs three times. Following early retirement from the education field in 1981, Ed began his real estate career, selling homes and commercial properties. He and his wife, Judy, established Berry Company Real Estate in 1984. Those who knew Ed will remember him as an enthusiastic and encouraging friend, a mentor, a wonderful husband, brother, uncle, father, and grandfather. Those who loved and admired him will recall his kindness, positive attitude, youthful spirit, and generosity, his smile and vibrant personality. A memorial service to celebrate Ed's life will be held at First Christian Church, Edmond, 2nd & Boulevard, on Thursday, March 21, 11 a.m. Memorials in his name may be made to either Breakfast on Boulevard, c/o First Christian Church, Edmond; or to Southeast High School Alumni Fund, c/o Oklahoma City Community Foundation.


Published in The Oklahoman on Mar. 17, 2013
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