Walter J. Berry, age 85, of Elizabethton won his 15-year battle with Alzheimers on Saturday, December 14, 2013, when he went home to be with Jesus and received a new mind and body.
He was a native of Carter County and the son of the late Will and Annie Stover Berry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Ralph, John Henry, G.W., Earl and Sambo; one sister, Sara Jane English; a much loved son-in-law, Jim Smith, and two great grandchildren, Elijah and Aaron McKinney.
I am sure one of the first ones to greet him was his loving wife of 60 years, Novella, who had gone before him in January of 2010.
Walter was surrounded by his loving family at Hermitage Nursing Home as he made his crossing over into that land he has longed to see for many, many years.
Walter was retired from Inland Container, and was a United States Air Force veteran, having served during World War II.
He was a “jack of all trades” and was called upon for help many times by his family, friends and neighbors down through the years. Walter was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to anyone at anytime.
Walter attended Apostolic Christian Church, where he was a faithful member. He was a trustee at that church and worked many hours helping to build the church. He also attended East Side Christian Church for a short period of time. Walter loved to go to church and went every chance he got. In years past, he can be remembered walking to church, many times with his children by his side, no matter what the weather.
He is survived by two daughters, Sue Miller and husband, Roger of Elizabethton, and Joy Smith of Johnson City; two sons, Walter Berry and wife, Kim of Johnson City, and Kenneth Berry and wife, Natalie of Scottsville, KY; nine grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.
The family respectfully requests your presence at a funeral service to honor and celebrate the life of Mr. Walter J. Berry Monday, December 16, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with the Rev. Ed Davis and the Rev. Delbert Storie officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel prior to the service Monday, or at his residence at 1201 Bluefield Avenue, Elizabethton, at anytime.
The graveside service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at Mountain Home National Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard. Active pallbearers will be the grandchildren and friends. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, to go in procession.
The family would like to express a special thank you to all the caregivers at Court Yard Senior Living in Johnson City, VA Medical Center and Nursing Home, Hermitage Nursing Home and Caris Health Care Services. We appreciate all the sweet and patient care extended to our Dad this past year. We could not have done it without your help. Your care and love for him will never be forgotten.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax 423 542-9499. Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the Berry family. Office 423 542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.
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