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Robert Clyde Berry of Jacksonville, TX passed away March 9, 2017 from a brief illness. He was born September 5, 1933 to Jeff and Clyde Berry in Jacksonville. Robert graduated from Jacksonville High School and attended Jacksonville College. He married Betty Ann Mitchell of New Summerfield, TX and lovingly referred to her as Kitten for over 62 years. Robert lived his entire life in life in Jacksonville and retired from Southwestern Electric Company.
During his employment there, he made many very good friends and continued to share fond memories of his working days with his family and friends until his death. After his retirement, he was never bored. He liked to garden, raise chickens and occasionally go to cattle auction sales in Louisiana with his late brother-in-law, Adolph Dotson. Robert enjoyed driving the truck and visiting with the people. He and Betty loved cooking, taking food to family and friends and canning vegetables from his large garden. Robert liked to make candy for the holidays and they would always involve Betty's sisters Katherine Dotson (Aunt Sissie) and Frances Bane.
Another thing that he liked to do was to buy and share fireworks with Betty's family. On special occasions, he always made homemade ice cream. A tremendously kind and giving family man, Robert was always smiling and never met a stranger.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jeffery Berry; two sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Betty Berry of Jacksonville; son, Charles Berry of Jacksonville; special nieces and nephew, Sandra Orvananos of San Antonio, Barbara Baggett of Longview, Brenda Pierce of Jacksonville, and Hayden Bane of San Antonio. He is also survived by his brother, Roger Berry and family of Jacksonville and many special friends.
Visitation will begin at noon on Thursday, March 16, 2017 and a funeral service will begin at 1 o'clock in the afternoon at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville. A graveside service will be at Walker's Chapel Cemetery in Reklaw, TX.
Published on March 10, 2017
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