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Berry Jessie Craft Berry, Sr., age 88, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 7, 2017 in Reynoldsburg, OH. He was born in Panther, WV on March 24, 1929, the ninth of 14 children, to the late Philip and Mattie (Westbrook) Berry, Sr. Jessie honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a coal miner with over 19 years of service. He was an ordained elder in the Church of God MPGT, a member of Victory Apostolic Church of God MPGT, and husband of the National Mother, Ruby Ray Berry. Jessie was called "the best dressed man" at MPGT and enjoyed playing the trumpet. In addition to his parents, Jessie was preceded in death by his sisters Barbara Martin, Eulalia Hamlet, Lola Mae Berry, Annie Settle, Gladys Wooding, and Betty Barrette, brothers Nello, George, Phil, and James Berry, son-in-law Jorenza Hunter, Sr., grandson, David McCrary and two great-grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Ruby Ray (Saunders) Berry; children, Jessica (Albert) Taylor, Lisa Hunter, Jessie (Lucille) Berry, Jr., Edward (Aliene) Berry, Revella (Ralph) McCrary, Nina (Alex) Moore, and Richard (Rosalind) Berry; brother, Lawrence Berry; sisters, Zelma Berry and Johnetta Hill; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends 11 a.m. until 12 noon Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at House of Faith Ministries (Hope of Glory Temple), 3360 Patriot Blvd.. Columbus, OH 43219, where the funeral service will begin at 12 noon. Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Victory Apostolic Church of God MPGT, P.O. Box 361273, Columbus, OH 43236. Arrangements entrusted to SCHOEDINGER EAST CHAPEL.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Apr. 11, 2017
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