SIKESTON - Edward H. Berry Jr., 59, a lifelong resident of Sikeston, passed away July 31, 2004, at the Baptist Health Center in Heber Springs, Ark.
Born May 9, 1945, in Cape Girardeau, son of the late Edward H. and Gertrude Billings Berry Sr., he was a member of the First Christian Church in Sikeston. A 1963 graduate of Sikeston High School and graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, he received certification as a certified public accountant (CPA) in 1977. Ed had worked in several CPA firms in Sikeston and was current owner and operator of the Berry and Forbis CPA Firm in Sikeston. He was a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Missouri Society of CPAs and had held numerous committee positions in both organizations. Ed was also a member and past president of the Southeast Missouri Chapter of Missouri Society of CPAs in 1985 and 1986. He served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era as a sergeant in the Military Police Division in Alaska.
An avid sportsman, Ed was a past member of Bass Busters and Ducks Unlimited and was also an avid golfer. During his high school career, he had played basketball and baseball; and played semi-pro basketball while in college. Ed had been a Little League baseball coach in Sikeston, a Jaycee football coach and church league basketball coach. Also a former member of the Sikeston Jaycees, he operated the "Old Yellow" stand at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo for many years.
On June 3, 1997, in Benton, he married Fran Sizemore who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons, Keith Berry of Livingston, Mont., and Chris Berry of the home; three stepsons and two daughters-in-law, Scott and Crystal Marler of Sikeston, Chris and Darla Marler of Nixa and Matt Marler of Pittsburg, Kan.; one stepdaughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Doug Bailey of St. Joseph; one sister, Cassandra Peterson of Las Vegas; six grandchildren, Melayna, Neely and Leyton Marler of Sikeston, Kaylee Marler of Nixa and Lauren and Jakob Bailey of St. Joseph; and his aunt, Mary Alice Bell and one cousin, Tim Bell, both of Hohenwald, Tenn.
Visitation is from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Blanchard Funeral Chapel.
Private family graveside rites will be held at a later time with the Rev. Tom Geers, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, officiating. The Missouri Military Honors Program will conduct full military graveside rites.
Edward was a dear friend to many people and highly respected by all who knew him. We will all feel a loss by his passing. There will never be a more loving husband, father, brother, grandfather or friend. Even though he is gone from our presence, his spirit and love will be with us always.
may be sent to the
American Heart Association
Memorial Processing Center
P.O. Box 1653
Topeka, KS 66601-1653
300 Floyd Ave.
Sikeston, MO 63801