BERRY, William Irvin Age 84. Passed away November 5, 2012. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at St. Henry Catholic Church, 6401 Harding Road. Mr. Berry was born in Louisville, Kentucky on October 7, 1928, the son of the late Robert Edward and Margaret Burns Berry. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Annie Laurie Hunt Berry and their children, Irvin Berry, Jr., Frances Spradley (Jimmy), Carlene Gray (Jeff) all of Nashville and Laurie Herrmann (Scott) of Nantucket, Massachusetts. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Laurie, Mary Cannon and Jamie Spradley, Conner and Will Gray and Audrey Herrmann. One of nine children, Irvin is survived by one brother, George Berry of Nashville. Irvin was a graduate of Father Ryan High School and Vanderbilt University class of 1950, where he played football and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After two years of service in the Air National Guard, he joined the investment firm of Clark, Landstreet and Kirkpatrick. He then went on to form his own investment firm, Berry, Douglas and Fitzhugh. Later, he was one of four men who opened the Nashville office of Robinson Humphrey. He remained in the investment business until his retirement. Early in his career, he served as President of the Security Traders Association. He was an active member of St. Henry Church, the Exchange Club of Nashville and Belle Meade Country Club. An active community volunteer, he served on the board of Father Ryan High School, the Diocese of Nashville Advisory Board, the West End Home Advisory Board and the Aquinas Junior College Advisory Board. He was a founding board member of the Friends of Warner Park of which he later became Vice President. He also served as President of the Tennessee Nature Conservancy. He was an avid tennis player, and enjoyed hiking and photographing wildflowers. Mr. Berry was a kind and well-respected man who will be remembered for his devout faith and caring disposition. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Visitation will be held at St. Henry Church on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. and one hour before the service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Henry Catholic Church; Warner Parks; or The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee.
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Published in The Tennessean on Nov. 6, 2012