Berry, Jr. March 26, 1937 - Sept 26, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Max Berry was born in Muskogee, OK on March 26, 1937. His family moved to OKC, where he attended Gatewood Elementary; Taft Junior High; and Classen High School, where he was a member of Phi Lambda Epsilon; and the University of Oklahoma, where he belonged to Alpha Tau Omega. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard. Upon completing Officer Candidate School, he and Carole Haggard were married at St. John's Episcopal Church in OKC on Nov. 3, 1962. In 1966, he began his studies for the Episcopal Church at the Seabury Western Seminary in Evanston, IL. He graduated in 1969 with a Master of Divinity degree. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from Phillip's Graduate Seminary in 1979. He served churches in Oklahoma, including Good Shepherd in Sapulpa; St. Luke's in Chickasha; St. Dunstan's in Tulsa; and St. Matthias, St. David's, and All Souls' in OKC. He was the Chaplain at Casady School for a number of years. He served Grace Church Muskogee from 1990 until he retired in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Carole; his four children, Holly Berry, Charles Berry, Nicholas Berry and his wife Jennifer, and Philip Berry, of Austin, TX; and three grandchildren, Alex and Emily Berry and Jeremy Hays. He is also survived by his sister, Sally and husband Tom Ryan, of London, England; and his brother, C. Michael Berry and his wife Linda, of OKC. The family would like to thank Bellevue Center for the compassionate care they provided. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral at 127 N.W. 7th St., OKC, on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in his name to the Alzheimer's Association of OKC or Casady School.

Published by Oklahoman on Sep. 29, 2013.
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A faithful man. Godspeed to his family.
Drew Wales
September 23, 2019
Sally, I remember your brother well from childhood days, and am so very sorry to hear of his passing. I've thought of you many times over the years too.
Martha Matthews Daudet
October 8, 2013
Dear Holly and family, Your dad was a wonderful teacher and priest and he plays such a large part of my Casady memories. He will be missed by so many.
Sarah Winchester
October 8, 2013
I am so lucky to have known Max and worked with him at Casady School. May his soul rest in peace.
Chip Reynolds
October 8, 2013
What a special soul Max Berry was. He was beloved to us as a brother during his school age years, and beloved as a spiritual shepherd to many as he progressed in life. We hope his family appreciates how admired and beloved he was to all he met, and take some comfort that he is now at peace and beloved where he is now as he makes a place for himself in Heaven.
Charlie French
October 5, 2013
Condolences as well as happy memories for the family of a wonderful pastor, teacher and friend. My children, Phil and Chris, were both students of Fr. Berry at Casady and still remind me from time to time; opporknockedy tunes but once. Go in peace.
Nelson Smith
October 3, 2013
From the time that I was a child I have known Father Berry. I remember him as a kind and funny man. I have known him and his family most of my life since his daughter Holly is my best friend. I have to say Father Berry was one of my favorite people to be around. I will miss him. I want his family to know they are in my prayers and my thoughts. Many hugs
Cathy Rains
October 3, 2013
My condolences to the entire family. Father Berry was a kind, generous, and funny man, and he will be greatly missed.
Marc Curlee
October 2, 2013
"Well done good and faithful servant."
Our blessings and prayers are with you. Canon Drew Wales
Drew Wales
October 2, 2013
I am so glad I had the privilege of knowing Fr. Berry and being one of his students. While he despaired in regard to my math skills, I have passed many of his wonderful shaggy dog stories on to my children! They groan as much as we students did, but they love them, too. "Better Nate than lever!" Much love to the Berry family!
Rebekah Reyenga Dekker
October 1, 2013
I am so very sorry for your loss. I had no idea that Max was a pastor in the Episcopal Church. We became friends at Taft, and remained friends at Classen and at OU. We often joked that we were cousins because we had the same last name,
God's blessings and peace and my deepest sympathy for your loss.
Sally Berry Moseley
September 30, 2013
I'm so grateful to have been a student when he was school chaplain AND for his mentorship during my curacy at Grace Church. I often employ the things I learned from him in my day-to-day work. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Heather Blewett
September 30, 2013
Fr. Berry was awesome at Casady, making the daily Chapel services worth going to. I think of him every time that I hear a shaggy dog story.
Grace and Peace to Holly and the rest of his family.
Jim Riddle
September 30, 2013
A fine role model...blessings to all.
The Rev. Susan Esco Chandler
September 30, 2013
While I was baptized by Father Berry in 1988 and attended many of his services, our connection was more than spiritual – he was a family friend. He went to high school and college with my mother, taught her to drive a manual transmission car (I believe it was a 1953 Bel Air), and he lived in the house behind my grandmother (and mother) for many years. I firmly believe I would not have had the good fortune to attend Casady School for 5 years without Father Berry's influence on the board. He was a friend and a mentor -- and I will miss his "Shaggy Dog" stories.
Guy Kargl
September 30, 2013
A most beloved rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Muskogee, who will always be remembered.
Dorothy Fite
September 29, 2013
I will miss Max's dry humor and stories of his precocious Phi Lamb high school days. One can never say enough of Max's character that beams with love and giving spirit.

Max preformed the wedding of my second wife in 1977... but, I won't hold that against him.

In the bonds,
Brother Spence
September 29, 2013
A life well lived and a long time friend at Peace.
Bill Robberson
September 28, 2013
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