Kenneth Alva Berry

Published 5:27 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2023

The funeral service for Kenneth Alva Berry will be 11 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2023, at Central Baptist Church, with interment in Riverwood Memorial Park. Visitation is from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at Central.

Mr. Berry, 86, of Wesson, passed from this life, February 19, 2023, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 31, 1937, to George and Mary Beryl Berry in Blue Mound, Kansas. He was a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army, serving at several U.S. installations and Korea. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and numerous Air Medals. After completing his military service, he was a helicopter instructor pilot contracted by the U.S. Army. Next, he began his career with the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) as an air traffic controller in Memphis, TN. His total years of service to the U.S. Government was over 34 years.

Mr. Berry was a talented craftsman who used his skill to create and build furniture for his family and friends. He signed each piece with a personal note; “Made with wood, glue and love.” The assisting in the construction of his family’s house as well as his church building was one of his proudest accomplishments. His love for woodworking is only surpassed by his love of music. He had a beautiful bass voice which he shared with his choir, quartet and with solos in his church. He also played several instruments.

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His greatest loves were God, Family and Friends.

In 1965 he married the love of his life, Berenda Foster Berry. This marriage would be blessed with a son, daughter, daughter-in-law, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren who he loved dearly.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his sisters, Marie and Martha and his brother, Charles.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Brenda of 58 years, son, LTC (ret.) Kenneth Bradley Berry and wife, Julia; daughter, Jill Berry Guy; granddaughters, Liza Berry, Emma Berry and Gracie Berry; grandson, Tyler Guy, wife, Lauren; great grandchildren Wyatt and Madigan Guy; sister, Linda Noble and husband, Kevin; mother-in-law, Doris Foster; brothers-in-law, Dale Foster and Chester Foster and his wife and Mary and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mission/Outreach Ministry of Central Baptist Church, 970

Highway 550, Brookhaven, MS 38601 or the charity of your choice.

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