The Edmond Sun

Obituaries

March 15, 2013

Edward Lee Berry

EDMOND —     Edward Lee Berry, 88, was born November 5, 1924, in Oklahoma City, Okla. to Dr. Cecil E. and Clara Campbell Berry. He passed away peacefully at home in Edmond, Okla., on March 9, 2013.  

    A graduate of Miami High School, Miami, Okla., he attended Phillips University in Enid, where he was president of both the marching band and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia honorary music fraternity.  Ed attained degrees in music, school administration, and educational psychology.  He began his career as an educator when he taught music, directing the choir and band as a part of the original staff at Southeast High School in Oklahoma City.  He became a counselor, assistant principal, then principal, serving at John Marshall, Eisenhower, Classen, and Douglass High Schools in Oklahoma City, and at Central Mid-High in Edmond.  He served as president of the Cooperative Council for School Administrators for the state of Oklahoma in 1980-1981. 

    In addition to his public school positions, he was an instrumentalist and tenor soloist and his career as a minister of music spanned decades.  He served at  Penn Avenue Christian Church, at Village Christian, Oklahoma City and First Christian Edmond.  After retiring, he filled interim positions as choir director at First Christian, Oklahoma City, St. Mary’s Episcopal and New Covenant United Methodist in Edmond, and First Christian in Guthrie.  An active member of First Christian Church in Edmond for 38 years, he was an Elder, Elder Emeritus, had served as chairman of the Board of Elders, chairman of the Worship Ministry, Personnel Committee member, and was a Stephen minister.

    Ed proudly served his country as a U. S. Marine in World War II.  He was a lifelong member of Lions Club International, in the Capital Hill, Village, Downtown, and Edmond chapters, serving as president of clubs three times. 

    After an early retirement from the education field n 1981, Ed began his real estate career, selling homes and commercial properties.  He and his wife, Judy, established Berry Company Real Estate; he also managed residential properties for over 25 years, until 2006.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law Donna and Dr. L. C. Barnes; sister Jane Bell, brother Doyce Berry, daughter Melodie Berry, and nephew Kyle McCulloh.

    Ed is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Judy, of the home; son Kevin and granddaughters Erica and Kristen Berry of Choctaw, Okla.; and brother-in-law Dr. Robert Bell of Granbury, Texas.  He also leaves behind sisters-in-law Susan Mills and Claire Sanger; nieces Donna Kay Barnes, Karin Newell, Anne Cummings, Nonie Berry, Rosie Mizell, Cheryl Dawn Blaylock and Dr. Emily Hollingsworth; and nephews Lynn Barnes, Michael Berry, Jim Bell, Jerry Bell, Joe Bell, and Dr. Stephen McCulloh, as well as a multitude of wonderful friends. 

    Ed will be remembered as an enthusiastic and encouraging friend, a mentor, a wonderful husband, brother, uncle, father, and grandfather.  Those who loved and admired him will recall his kindness, positive attitude, youthful spirit, and generosity.  His smile and vibrant personality will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.

    A memorial service to celebrate Ed’s life will be 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at First Christian Church, Edmond, 2nd and Boulevard, Edmond.

    Memorials in his name may be made to either Breakfast on Boulevard c/o First Christian Church, Edmond, or to Southeast High School Alumni Fund, c/o Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • loeb allan upload.jpg Allan David Loeb

        Al Loeb, of Edmond, Okla., formerly of Springfield, Ill., passed away Easter morning, April 20, 2014 at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gracie Mae Gibson

        Funeral services for Gracie Mae Gibson, 85, of Edmond, Okla., will be noon on Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Belpre Township Cemetery in Belpre, Kan., under the direction of Bryant Funeral Home.

    April 23, 2014

  • Freda Bell Gambill

        Freda Bell Gambill,  90, of Guthrie, Okla., passed away April 20, 2014 at Willow Creek Health Care in Guthrie. She was born December 7, 1923 in Texas to Omar and Orpha Yates.

    April 21, 2014

  • Wilma Hefton upload.jpg Wilma June Hefton

        Wilma June Hefton passed away April 16, 2013. She was born February 20, 1930 in Bartlesville, Okla. to Buster and Opal (Black) Sevier.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Harold Wolave upload.jpg Harold N. Wolaver

        Harold N. Wolaver died peacefully while in hospice care at Autumn Leaves of Edmond, Okla. on April 15, 2014, following recovery from a stroke and heart disease.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • George Young upload.jpg George Edgar Young

        George Edgar Young, 69, passed away April 15, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Helen LaBissoniere upload.jpg Helen LaBissoniere

        Helen Marguerite Driscoll LaBissoniere, affectionately known as “Nanny” or “Nan”, 84, of Meriden, Conn. and Edmond, Okla., went to heaven on April 12, 2014 with family by her side.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Carmelo Perez

        Carmelo Perez, 89, of Edmond, Okla., joined his Heavenly Father on April 15, 2014.

    April 18, 2014

  • Lee Hunt upload.jpg Lee P. Hunt

        Lee P. Hunt was born February 28, 1939 in Muskegon, Mich. to Philip and Ruth Stromsta Hunt. He was the oldest of four boys (Lee, Gale, Gary and Craig) and was preceded in death by Gale and Gary.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joiner upload.jpg Kaytie Lenée Joiner

        Kaytie Lenée Joiner (the future Mrs. Nicholas Cooper), 27, of Edmond, Okla. passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo