Monday, January 17, 2011

James Berry, United States Army Veteran

James Berry was born in Austin, Texas on August 29, 1933 and passed away on the morning of January 12, 2011.

James was known as “Red” by his friends because of his bright red hair. He graduated from Austin High School and attended Texas A&M University.

James proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956 and achieved the rank of Sergeant.

James owned his own business in Austin which led to a career in automobile sales. He retired as the manager of the Used Car Department of Don Hewlett Chevrolet in Georgetown in 1998. James had a problem remembering the names of the many people he met over the years, so he frequently would call them “Hoss”. He was known for his loyalty, warmth, love and sense of humor.

In his later years, James was a volunteer at the Georgetown Police Department where he was dearly loved and respected.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and an avid motorcyclist, the proud owner of a Harley Davidson Sportster.

Funeral services were held on January 17 at the Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas. In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags at the entrance to welcome the arriving family and friends. After the service, the Riders led the funeral procession from Georgetown to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen for interment with military honors. At the cemetery awaited other Riders with fifty American flags blowing in the brisk Texas wind.

The flag draped casket was moved from the hearse into the committal shelter and the Riders formed a line of American flags around the shelter as final prayers were said and military honors were rendered. The Army bugler played taps, and the flag which covered the casket was folded into the traditional triangle. The flag was presented to James’ beloved wife, Zerifia, on behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Army and a grateful nation, in thanks for his faithful service.

James Berry was then laid to rest on the upper plain of the cemetery as the American flag flew at half-staff in his honor at the top of the hill.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, two sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren and many other dear family and friends.

With thanks to the Ramsey Funeral Home and Crematorium for biographical information.

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