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Weed Corley Fish Funeral Homes and Cremation Services

3125 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX

OBITUARY

George Wm Berry

February 25, 1935June 19, 2020

George William Berry, 85, of Austin, passed to his heavenly home Friday, June 19, 2020. He was born on February 25, 1935 to Velma Weilenman Berry and George Sebastian Berry in Lubbock, Texas. George attended Lubbock High School and played on the State Championship 4-A football team of 1951. He subsequently attended San Angelo Junior College and the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1956 and his MBA in 1957. He served in the Army National Guard from 1953 to 1960.

He married Marilyn Moore of El Dorado, Arkansas on July 27, 1957 and returned to UT where he was awarded his PhD in 1961. He joined the faculty of Texas Tech University and remained there until 1969, retiring as a Professor and Chairman of Graduate Studies in the School of Business. Among his students were Tom Craddick, former Speaker of the Texas House and Kent Hance, Chancellor Emeritus of the Texas Tech University System. In 1998, he was honored by the endowment of the George Wm. Berry Chair in Finance at Texas Tech University.

In 1964, he began working as an independent consultant in economics and served as an expert witness for financial institutions in depositions, hearings and administrative cases on more than one thousand occasions. He moved with his family to Austin in 1978.

His memberships in professional and honorary societies included: Phi Kappa Phi, American Finance Association, American Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, American Association of University Professors, along with civic clubs such as Toastmasters and Rotary Clubs. He served as a Director of The Austin Club. Dr. Berry also served as officer or director of: Hale County Savings, Alamo Title Holding Company, Alamo Title Insurance Company, Bank of Austin, Independent Bankers Association, CBC Inc., and Gulf States Enterprises.

He was a member of Hyde Park Baptist Church for the past 42 years and a Deacon for the past 11 years, serving as president of Adult 3 Men’s Sunday School as well as on numerous committees and the Hyde Park Foundation. He participated in the International Congress on Revival, with multiple mission trips to Budapest, Salzburg, and Belfast. His faith was strengthened by numerous trips to Israel.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years; his sister Ludonna Burnham of Graham; sons James M. Berry, MD and wife Dr. Elizabeth Heitman of Dallas, John B. Berry and wife Patricia of Houston, Robert W. Berry, JD of Austin, David L. Berry, MD and wife Lisa of Austin; and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his twin brother Alfred Milton Berry (1935).

Services will be held at the Hyde Park Baptist Church Worship Center on Wednesday, June 24 at 2pm. Non-family members should observe appropriate distancing precautions. Online access to services will be provided. Members of the Adult 3 Sunday School Class will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Hyde Park Baptist Church are welcomed.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Memories

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Jeffee Palmer

July 2, 2020

My sincere condolences for the loss of another great gentleman. My father, Gene Palmer, considered George a great friend for many years and was honored by his service as best man at his wedding.

Elizabeth Horne

June 25, 2020

No doubt, one of the finest men ever. Smart, kind, lover of the Lord. The Hornes will miss George tremendously. He was a delight in Adult 3. Marilyn and the boys, you are in our prayers. We love you dearly.

Thomas Ausley

June 24, 2020

George gave me a $200 scholarship in the spring of 1965 at Tech. With those funds I was able to pay off my loan to pay my last semester tuition
at Tech. Hance was saying today how he got a B in Corp Finance. Since he and George are my friends, I will say I was a Finance major and I made an A in every course I took w/ “Dr. Berry”. My love and condolences to his entire family. T

Mack Mckinley

June 24, 2020

I worked with George from 1979 until 1991 in his economic consulting business. He was a great friend and mentor to me during those years. George and Marilyn treated Shannon and I like family. I will always cherish the memories of all our great trips.

My condolences to Marilyn and the boys. RIP my friend!


Dale & Jim HAYNIE

June 23, 2020

Marilyn and Family,
We are saddened to hear of the death of George, our ole friend. We enjoyed many good times together!
Dale & Jim Haynie

Michael Wong

June 23, 2020

Condolences, our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. You are blessed with caring parents and an accomplished father, and his legacy will live on with all of you forever. With love, Michael & Wendy Wong and family

David Elliott

June 23, 2020

Words can not explain the love and respect I had for George. He was my mentor. I cherish the way that he felt and spoke of his family. The times he shared in church about his grandson in the tears. The two years that I spoke with him about my brother who was dying of Parkinson and Alzheimers and my sister-in-law keeping him in a condemned nursing home situation. He would always guide me to scriptures and look for wisdom and comfort. I am a better man to have known him and I will cherish his memory forever. I love you both.
                         David & Marilyn

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