Athens Review, Athens, Texas

June 13, 2013

Earnie ‘Hoot’ Berry

Jayson Larson
The Athens Review

Athens — Athens –  Funeral services for Earnie "Hoot" Berry, 79, of Athens, are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Lake Athens Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Curry and the Rev. Bob Reid officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Park under the direction of Hannigan Smith Funeral Home.

Earnie was born Dec. 25, 1933 to the late Robert "Bob" and Ivy Jewel Trussell Berry in Henderson County. He passed away June 12, 2013 in Athens.

A man with more friends than you can count, Earnie was a devoted family man, hard worker and dedicated servant for Christ. He enjoyed traveling, especially into the mountains of Colorado, loved to gather with his family for food and fellowship, and appreciated Gods creation while working in the flower beds of his yard while he was able.

He was very active in ministry, serving as Deacon with several churches for over 40 years. He truly enjoyed all the hours he spent witnessing to the people he came in contact with. He was currently serving as a Deacon at the Lake Athens Baptist Church. He worked for Ideal Baking Company for 25 years and Trinity Valley Community College for 12 years.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Earnie was stationed in Germany during the Hungarian Conflict of the 1950s, and served in the Active Reserve National Guard upon returning home.

Earnie is preceded in death by: his parents; daughter, Sheri Craig; brothers, Hubert "Dick" Berry, Grady "Don" Berry, and John L. Trussell.

He is survived by: his wife of 57 years, Alphinell Berry of Athens; son Diron Berry and wife Shelley of Athens; son-in-law Gary Craig of Athens; grandchildren Cody Craig and wife Rebekah of Crockett, Tye Berry of Athens, Cole Craig of Athens, Amber Berry and Jason Ellis of Malakoff, Wendy Craig of Tool, Brandy Brown and husband Korey of Athens, Casey Smith of Austin; great-grandchildren Bentley Ellis, Korbyn Brown and Brianna Brown; brother David Berry and wife Nancy of Tyler; numerous nephews, nieces and other relatives.

Visitation will be held at Lake Athens Baptist Church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 14, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lake Athens Baptist Church Parking Lot Fund, P. O. Box 2417, Athens, TX 75752.

Pallbearers include Deacons of Lake Athens Baptist Church.

Dr. Douglas Curran, Lake Athens Baptist Church Yokefellows and other Deacons will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.

You may light a candle, or write condolences to Mr. Berry’s family at: www.hannigansmith.com