“A good man sheweth favor, and lendeth: he guides his affairs with discretion.”
John L. was born on September 27, 1928 in Hickman, Kentucky. At an early age his family moved to Muncie, Indiana where he attended school. While living in Muncie, John along with his parents and sister, Elizabeth attended the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Upon his graduation from High School in 1947 he enlisted in the U. S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1952. During that year he moved to South Bend, Indiana where he met and married Delores DePriest.
“Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers”;
His immediate family includes: six Sons, seven Daughters, 22 Grandchildren and 60 Great Grandchildren.
John L. Berry, Jr., Karastaine (Nathanial) Berry-James, and son, Carmonie Williams; John L Berry, III and son, Smarion, daughters, Iannah, Ca’Sarah, Katelin, Jalay, and Mia Berry; Darell and Larell Berry; Issac (Debra) Pigee, sons, Issac, Jr. and Isaiah Pigee; Willie Pigee, son Willie, Jr. and daughter Diaria Pigee; Steven Pigee, all of South Bend, Indiana; Michael Scott, Muncie, Indiana, daughters Elisa and Camille Scott; Carletus Scott, San Diego, CA, son Troy, daughters Rochelle, Tiffany and Carol Ann Scott. Patricia Adams, Allentown, PA, sons Andre Adams and Bernard Miller and a daughter Shemaine (Belrie) Wilson; Leona Page, a son Demetrias, Sr.; Veronica Collins, sons DeCarlos Scott, Priest Pittman and Darmon Bond; Barbara Ellis, sons Floyd Ellis, Jr and Dommick Ellis and a daughter Brandy Ellis; Willamae Jones, daughters Tanish, Canisha and Lacarisha Jones; Stephania Pigee, son Kenneth Dempsey and a daughter Audrey Brazier; all of South Bend, Indiana; Brenda Phillips, of Muncie, Indiana has a daughter Tracey Scott, whose son, Joshua Gant was a very special great grandson.
Mr. Berry’s surviving family also includes a sister, Elizabeth Barnes and her daughters, Betty Pendergrass, and Sharon (Otis) Jamerson; Brothers-in-laws, John DePriest, Evansville, Indiana and Roosevelt DePriest, Indianapolis, Indiana; Sisters-in-laws, Carnell DePriest, South Bend, Indiana and Mary Alice Echols Thomas, Chicago, Illinois; several nephews, nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.
Those who God called home before him are his parents, Bennie and Ruth Freeman Ingram; a daughter Ruthie Berry; a granddaughter, Shauntia Berry; a very special friend, Clara Pigee; nephews Nathaniel and Earl Barnes of Muncie, Indiana; along with several other relatives.
John L. was employed for over 30 years and retired from the Oliver Corporation (White Farm). He loved sports; in fact his favorite professional team was the Chicago Bears; which he shared with his very best friend Louis DePriest who was also his brother-in-law. They shared a many weekend days together on the porch and in the front yard watching and waving at the neighbors as they went by.
John L. left us on Thursday, September 2, 2010 to go home with the Lord. Those of us who are still waiting our turn to take this trip will truly miss him.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever
believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”