William Berry

Richmond, Virginia


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BERRY, Willie "Bill" A. Jr., died peacefully Monday, January 21, 2013 at the age of 94 in his home at Westminster Canterbury. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Evelyn Phillips Berry; children, Bill Berry III (Kathy) of Richmond, Va., and Ellen Looper (Marshall) of Aiken, S.C.; grandchildren, Micah (Mary-Catherine) and Amber Berry, Sarah and Matthew Looper; sisters, Lucille Whitt and Gertrude Stanfield; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Bill was born on September 28, 1918 in Person County, N.C., where he grew up with his nine brothers and sisiters, and his parents, Willie A. Berry Sr. and Fannie Hall Berry. He was a WWII veteran and attended Wake Forest University and Southwestern Seminary. His ministry career in Richmond included serving the staffs of Tabernacle and Pine Street Baptist Churches, and as Director of the Oregon Hill Baptist Center. His gentle and compassionate love touched the lives of all who knew him. His family and gardens were the joys of his life. The world is a far better place because he graced it with his presence for nearly a century. Celebrations of his life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Pine Street Baptist Church, 400 S. Pine Street, Richmond, Va. 23220, and at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, January 28, 2013 in The Commons at Westminster Canterbury, 1600 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, Va. 23227, with receptions to follow. The family thanks the staff of Westminster Canterbury for their excellent care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westminster Canterbury Fellowship Fund or Pine Street Baptist Church.

This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Bill was the personification of the word PEACE.
Al Christmann, Germany

will be missed a whole lot

Sorry for the loss of Mr. Berry he was a great man I enjoyed my time at church with him when I was a child..You will truly be missed.

Mr Berry was such a kind wonderful man who has touched many lives and is loved by many.We are so blessed to have had him in our lives.We will truly miss him.
To Mrs Berry and Family , much love sympathy and prayers ,thank you for sharing Mr Berry with all of us .

This man was one of a very few in this world anymore. A kind and gentle soul he was. He will be missed by so many!
With love, Rosa Toman & family

Growing up on the hill, I knew Mr Berry. He was an inspiration to all that knew him. He always saw the good in people, no matter what they might have done. As we here on earth say good bye to a wonderful person, Heaven gains a great angel..

Always a friend,Someone to laugh with and share things with,Someone you can count on to help you out and never let you down.Will always miss you. R.I.P

What a lasting impression Mr. Berry made in so many lives! My memories is seeing you and your wife hold bible study, and Wednesday night services at Miss Saunders on Cary Street. Over the years my family has often spoke of your acts of kindness and how devoted you were to your Church and family.

I am so sorry for your loss and it was a great loss Mr Berry was a wonderful man.