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William Charles "Billy Lee" Berry Obituary

Tribune - December 15, 2010

Veteran William Charles "Billy Lee" Berry, 67, North Vernon, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at Schneck Medical Center, Seymour.

Mr. Berry was a member of Crothersville Nazarene Church. He retired from Cummins Engine Co. after 33 years as a machine repair journeyman. After retirement he worked at the Jennings County Sheriff's Department as a jailer and later as a lieutenant. He enjoyed watching Westerns, doing jigsaw puzzles, reading and listening to the Gaithers' gospel music and CDs.

Born in Columbus, he was the son of Elmer and Frances Johnson Easton, who named him Billy Lee Easton. He was adopted at the age of 5, by Dorothy Whittaker and Charles Wilson Berry, who changed his name to William Charles Berry. He was raised and schooled in Indianapolis until he joined the United States Army and served 18 months in Vietnam. He is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925 and American Legion Post 89, both of Seymour, and AMVETS of Connersville.

Bill is survived by his wife, Julia Terry Berry, and has a daughter JaCita and he was the father to William, Sabrina, Brik, Bryce and Shannon. He has 15 grandchildren; eight sisters, Betty Brown, Laura Mae Edmonds, Dora Barlow, Mary Frances Hunt, Diane Thompson, Stella Easton, Wilmaline Dixon and Dotty Grant; and four brothers, Elmer Easton, J.W. Easton, Curtis Wright and Mike Easton.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and adopted parents; one brother; and three sisters.

The Rev. Mark Wooten will conduct funeral services at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Voss Chapel, Seymour.

Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery, Seymour, with full military graveside services conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89 and Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.

Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from noon until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.