OBITUARY

Carter Berry

August 20, 1949May 7, 2021
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Carter Berry was born at home in Blytheville, Ark., to Cecil Alton Berry and Mary Lucille Pitts Berry. He died at Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown campus after a brief battle with cancer.

Arrangements are being handled by Striffler-Hamby of Columbus, A celebration of Carter's life will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at our location, 4071 Macon Rd. at 11:00 am.

His wife, Susan, was at his side when he passed away.

Carter was the fourth of six children.

He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a mechanical engineering degree. He was ROTC at Arkansas and commissioned as a U.S. Army Infantry officer upon graduation in 1972. He also graduated from Command and General Staff College, U.S. Army in 1987.

He spent 22 years as an Army officer moving from Infantry to Special Forces where he was a Green Beret. He was lieutenant colonel when he retired in 1994. His final assignment was the Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning. He also served in assignments across the Army, including the Pentagon.

After retiring, Carter spent 18 years working as a civilian contractor at Fort Benning teaching combat simulation.

Carter lived in the downtown Columbus Historic District for 45 years.

He was man of many hobbies and an avid collector. He has hundreds of pigs, a constant reminder of his beloved Arkansas Razorbacks.

He also has an extensive collection of Pez dispensers. It takes up and entire room in his home and is the envy of every kid – big and little – who has ever walked into the house.

Gardening was not only a hobby, but a passion. He had fertile patch in his backyard and produced tomatoes, peas, peppers and all kinds of goodness. Carter would grow it, Susan would can it and neighbors and friends would get pickles and jams.

He was a longtime member of the Columbus Exchange Club, volunteering for hot dog sales and pancake breakfasts.

He was a life member of the Military Marksmanship Unit Association.

When hockey came to Columbus in the 1990s, he was a volunteer timekeeper for the Cottonmouths. He was also one of the original volunteers for the Columbus Olympic effort in 1996 and he and Susan continued to volunteer for the local Sports Council after the Olympics.

Raised in the Baptist faith, Carter attended Holy Family Catholic Church for more than four decades.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, son Jerry Berry of Wasilla, Alaska; sisters Sandy Hughey of Fayetteville, Ark., Rena Betts of Gainesville, Ga., and brothers Charles (Joyce) Berry of Aubrey, Texas, and Dennis (Sally B) Berry of Cordova, Tenn. He has one grandson, Logan Berry. Survivors include beloved family friends Abe and Lindsay Johnson of Fort Knox, Ky., and their three children -- Carter and Susan’s “God-Grands”, Maddux, Maddie Grace and Carter.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents and sister, Nancy Jean Myers.

The family ask that donations in Carter’s memory be made to your favorite charity or the Carter and Susan Berry scholarship endowments at Columbus State University or the University of Arkansas.

  • FAMILY

  • Susan, Wife
  • Jerry Berry, Son
  • Sandy Hughey, Sister
  • Rena Betts, Sister
  • Charles Berry (Joyce), Brother
  • Dennis Berry (Sally B), Brother
  • He has one grandson, Logan Berry. Survivors include beloved family friends Abe and Lindsay Johnson of Fort Knox, Ky., and their three children -- Carter and Susan’s “God-Grands”, Maddux, Maddie Grace and Carter.He has one grandson, Logan Berry. Survivors include beloved family friends Abe and Lindsay Johnson of Fort Knox, Ky., and their three children -- Carter and Susan’s “God-Grands”, Maddux, Maddie Grace and Carter.


    He was preceded in death by both of his parents and sister, Nancy Jean Myers

Services

  • A Celebration of Carter's Life

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Memories

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Kathryn Perdue

May 12, 2021

Susie, I am so glad you found your soulmate in Carter. Thinking of you & praying for you and yours❤️
Love, Kathy Perdue

Susan Berry

May 12, 2021

I love you sweet pea. It was another good day today. I miss you horribly. 💔

Lois Whitmire

May 10, 2021

Our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Carter. Gone too soon, may he Rest In Peace. Love and prayers of comfort to the family.

Lois and Gary Whitmire

Marie Brooks

May 10, 2021

My condolences Susan to you and the rest of your family. Carter was such a nice gentleman. It was always a pleasure to see him at our Fort Benning Retiree luncheons and at the Springer and River Center. Cherish all of the wonderful memories that you shared. Rest in Peace Carter Berry.

Glenn Dubis

May 10, 2021

It was an honor an privilege to serve with him. We are grateful for his service. God's Speed Carter Berry.

Carter Ham

May 10, 2021

Susan -- Christi and I were deeply saddened to learn of Carter's cancer, then his sudden passing. I can still recall with great joy the very first time you introduced Carter to us! It was the happiest I had ever seen you as it was so apparent that he brought so much joy back into your life. We are now and forever proud members of Team Carter. I wish with all my heart that, as your "other Carter," I could be there to hold you and tell you in -person how much Christi and I love you.

Bob Wilkeson

May 10, 2021

So sorry for your loss Susan. I met Carter through hockey and discovered that we shared many memories throughout our time in the army. May you be comforted in this time and may Carter rest in heaven.

Geoge Mabry

May 10, 2021

I am so sorry for the passing of Carter. He was a wonderful coworker in the first Sim Center at Ft Benning. Carter will be missed. My thoughts and prayers for Susan and the family. - George Mabry

Steve Thiele

May 10, 2021

So sorry for your loss Susan. Carter left this world all too soon, may he Rest In Peace

Arch Arnold

May 9, 2021

Carter Berry: a good soldier, a great servant of his country and of all those around him , not a selfish bone in his body, and a blessing to all who were fortunate enough to know him. Thinking about him always brings a smile.

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