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Bernard Ricardo Terry

Flint, Michigan

Jul 31, 1951 – May 13, 2021 (Age 69)


July 31, 1951
May 13, 2021
Flint, Michigan


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Sheldon T Banks Funeral Chapel - Flint Obituary

TERRY, Mr. Bernard Ricardo-age 69, of Mt. Morris, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021 at his residence. Funeral services will be held 11:00am Friday, May 21, 2021 at 2340 W. Carpenter Rd.,(formerly known as Serenity Funeral Chapel) Flint, MI 48505. Pastor Antwain Alexander officiating. Calling hours are 10:00am-6:00pm Thursday, May 20, 2021 at Serenity Funeral Chapel. 

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Mr. Bernard Ricardo "BT" Terry, Sr. was born on July 31, 1951, to Robert Terry and Dorothy Young-Terry in Eupora, Mississippi. He transitioned to be with our Heavenly Father on May 13, 2021, at the age of 69. Bernard was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and mentor. His commitment to his family, his friends, and the musical community will live forever. 

 Bernard "Ricky", as his family called him, grew up in Chicago, Illinois. His love of music came early in his childhood when he learned to play the guitar by a friend of the family. As a child, he learned more about music by watching musicians perform on various street corners in Chicago.  Those performers left such an impression that he, too, began hooking up his amplifier and playing outside for the neighborhood.  Having parents who worked 3rd shift allowed him and his brother Ron to play as long and as loud as they both desired. Needless to say, there was no rest to be had at night by the other siblings who were trying to sleep at night. 

Bernard was the type to master whatever he put his mind to. He was driven and relentless, and he would tinker with that guitar and make it speak the words that his quiet demeanor would not say. The family later moved to Saginaw, Michigan, where he attended Buena Vista High School. A few years later, Bernard moved with a good friend and his family to Kansas City, Missouri, when he was in the 11th grade. He and his friend both honed their guitar skills while being mentored by his godfather Reverend Scott. He graduated from Washington High School in Kansas City in1969, then moved back to Saginaw, Michigan.  

Soon after, Bernard joined a band in Flint, Michigan, called the Music Box. They played at various spots, including the then popular nightclub Papa’s Bag. He later established another band called the J.C.C.L.B. Movement. This band's popularity grew, leading them to tour and play all over the Midwest. They were a constant stable at clubs like The Piece of the Rock, Motor City, and The Beacon, to name a few. As the band's popularity grew, his skill set began to transition and elevate. Bernard’s technical mind, his thirst for knowledge, and his genuine desire to help everyone he touched lead him to his calling as a music producer/studio engineer. His journey allowed him to work with many musical giants like Howard Hewitt, Clarence Avant, Ready For The World, The Dayton Family, MC Breed, Dezi, Davina Bussey, Mama Sol, Jon Connor, Mary Davis of the S.O.S. Band, Babyface, LA Reid, DJ Vintage Future, Sophia Janell, Quala D, Tone, Gerald Busby, Louis Silas, Ernie Singleton, Honorable Leona and Leonia Lloyd, Johnny Manuel, Calvin Ventura, Yahman Aziza Dennie, Jake The Flake, Cliff Mack, Top Authority, Bone Crusher, Gee Pierce, Wilfred ‘Nenja’ Frelix, Macana Roxie, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Troy Garland, Timothy (Pee Wee) Moore, Cory Peterson, Gwen Pennyman, Derrick Martin, Derrick Joshua, Fab Morvan from Milli Vanilli, Frank G., and Vann Johnson to name a few.  

Bernard has always been an advocate of healthy eating and living, as well as a constant source of positivity. His calm demeanor, his giving nature, his acceptance of people, his work ethic, his non-judgmental spirit, and his thirst for knowledge have made a difference in all the lives he has touched.  

Many refer to him as a mentor, teacher, father figure, and friend. He touched so many lives while gracing this Earth. There are no words to describe the hole felt by Bernard’s family and friends.  He will be missed forever and loved beyond description, yet we are all better people because of the seeds he planted in all of us. 

Bernard leaves to cherish his memory: children, Bernard Ricardo Terry Jr., Jermaine (La Donna) Terry, Nicole (Cameron) Waites, Eric Terry; one sister, Debra (Archie) Westbrook, Saginaw, MI; two brothers, Ronald Terry, Flint, MI, Barry Terry, Saginaw, MI; former spouse, Neiokia Terry, Flint, MI; sister-in-law, Veronica Eason, Flint, MI; grandchildren, Bria (John) Perkins, Saginaw, MI,  ShaQueal Terry, Flint, MI, Imani Terry, Flint, MI, Niya Rison, Hampton, VA,  Tela Terry, Detroit, MI, Jalen (Maria)Terry, Las Vegas, NV, Jada Terry, Houston, TX, Sanford Smith III, Detroit, MI, Noel George, Atlanta, GA, Jermaine "JJ" Terry Jr, Swartz Creek, MI, E’ariah Fisher, Dallas, TX; great-grandchildren, London Terry, Winter Hoffman, Nova Thompkins, Ry’Leigh Terry, Bryson Perkins, Sammy Terry; a host of devoted nieces including, Tiffani Hollis, Armishia Hollis, Bobbie Lynn (Larry) Crutcher, and Stephanie (Tony) Cordova; a host of devoted nephews including, Reginald Terry, Jordin Westbrook, and Steven (Joi) Askew; aunts, Louise (Paul) Dumas and Mildred (Sheldon) Moore; a host of cousins including special cousins, Demona Aldridge and Ezell Willis; special daughter, Stacy Croffe; special friend, Sylyria Gordon along with a host of other special friends including, Lonnie Polk, Clarence Avant, George Mumford, Sophia J. Taylor, Mark Taylor, Mary Davis, Wilfred (Nenja) Frelix, Greg Potts, John Lee, Albert Lee, Ready For The World Members, Davina Bussey, Lloyd Williams, Gee Pierce, Greg and Karen Eason, Mark London, Amanda Hairston, Molly and Larry Cooper, Cliff Holloman, Cory Peterson, Marie Earnest, Derrick Joshua, Derrick Martin, Pharlon Randle, Tone Givens, Brian Hardin, Lenny and Gwen Hemphill, Annette Howard, TDF, Top Authority, Jake The Flake, David Sparks, Don Wiggins, JCCLB, Randy Seale, Craig Holliman, and a host of extended family and close friends, and special thanks to Twila Chandler. 

Bernard is preceded in death by parents, Robert Terry and Dorothy Young-Terry; sister, Doris Hollis; uncle, Billie G. Henry; daughter-in-law, Tekisa Terry; mother and father-in-law, Rosie Hamilton and Charles Eason; brother-in-law, Ronald Eason; sisters-in-law, Linda Hughes and Gwendolyn Hamilton; extended family, and close friends.

Please forgive us if we have left anyone out. You all held a special place in his heart, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.The family would like to express special thanks to Sheldon T. Banks Funeral Chapel staff for all their help and support.

The City of Flint/Beecher for all the years of support and dedication. Each of you enriched his life tremendously. Please continue to follow your passion and support one another along your beautiful journey through life.

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Peace and Mercy be upon King Bernard with Paradise Our condeslonce go out to his family..Queen Neiokia (Co-worker) and friends

I Love You B.T You will be Greatly Missed

Bernard assisted in the recording of one of my songs at the world famous United Sound Studios in Detroit where such artists as Parliament have recorded. This is early 80's.

Rest In Peace to a true legend Bernard Terry. Will never forget meeting you and your kindness. Deepest condolences to the Terry family.

My condolences and prayers for the family.

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.