Wayne M. Berry

March 2, 1941March 10, 2014
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Wayne M. Berry, of Hixson, passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014. He was 73 years old.

Wayne was born in Youngstown, Ohio to the late John Joseph and Verna Helen Martin Berry. He served our country during the Vietnam War in the United States Navy. Wayne was trained in the U. S. Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Schenectady, New York and later served in Beach Jumper Unite One, Nab, San Diego, California. He served in the Naval Reactor Division on the USS Longbeach, the first above water nuclear ship. He received his Bachelor of Science, Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1974. Wayne was employed with Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation in Boston, were he acted as Principal Instrument Application Engineer on the Millstone Unit 3 project. Wayne then went to work at TVA, on the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Project where he was the control engineer for the design of the most advanced nuclear power plant ever approved for construction by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He then moved to Chattanooga and worked for TVA as Secretary of the Nuclear Safety Review Board Instrumentation and Control Expert over Watts Bar and Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plants. Wayne served as Chairman of the committee overseeing the quality of safety evaluations. He later worked at Watts Bar Unit II where he redesigned the Main and Auxiliary Control Room panels to incorporate NRC approved layout and state of the art digital components. Wayne was a member of St. John United Methodist Church and the Joy Sunday School Class. He was a member of the Chatter Masters Chapter of the Toastmasters International. Wayne’s passion was classical music, where he loved to play the trombone. He was an active member of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Guild and the Performing Arts League of Chattanooga. He was a member of the Chadek Orchestra and the Chattanooga Spectrum Big Band.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 22 years, Andrea Ingle Berry; daughters, Anneliese Berry Bowman and JJ Berry Carico; grandson, Aizen Carico; daughter, DiAnne Adams Shirley; son, Thomas (Lee Ann) Adams; grandchildren, Kelsi Shirley, Thomas Hunter Adams and James Dugan Adams; brother, Ed Berry; nieces, Tracey Newell and Corey Berry and many other nieces and nephews. Wayne was a loving husband, father and devoted grandfather who adored his grandchildren and loved to take them on many outings and train rides.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, March 12 and from 12 to 1 pm on Thursday at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Wayne will be held at 1 pm on Thursday at the funeral home chapel with Pastor Ken LaDuke officiating. Burial will follow in National Cemetery with military honors. The fellow associates at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 2 will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family has asked that memorial contributions be made in Wayne’s name to American Cancer Society, Esophageal Research at 6221 Shallowford Road, Suite 102, Chattanooga, TN 37421 or to St. John United Methodist Memorial Fund at 3921 Murray Hills, Chattanooga, TN 37416.

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 12, 2014
  • Visitation Thursday, March 13, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Barbara Parsons Bonzo

March 14, 2014

It has been many years since we all were at one time in CHS however when one of our own passes we are so sadden. My prayers are with you Eddie and al of Wayne's family
CHS 1961

March 13, 2014

Though Wayne and I were not in the same Toastmasters club, I knew him from Toastmasters; I once heard him give a speech about opera and his love of it. Ever since then, when I would see him in a public place, I would usually refer to that speech. He did so much with his life. My prayers will be with the family as the days go by.

March 12, 2014

Our sincere sympathy to you, Andrea, and your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. You and your extended family have had a very sad month, but God's grace and mercy will comfort all.

Sue and Mitchell Moore (Chattanooga, TN)

Donna and Wade Wilburn

March 12, 2014

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Prayers of comfort to you all.

Peggy Berry

March 12, 2014

Wayne will be greatly missed by many. I know he will be greatly missed by his brother Ed. Wayne had a dry wit that always made me laugh. I will remember him always. May your many years of memories bring you comfort, Andrea.
Peggy Berry(Zephyrhills, Fl)

Jessie Purdom

March 12, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May the good memories bring you peace.

Sincerely, Jessie & Karen Purdom

William Franke

March 12, 2014

Wayne, the ultimate "Convener" who brought Sebring, Ohio boys together so many times from kindergarten till now. We remember his love of music whether playing the trombone or seeing Debussey's Iowa home as he visited Ed. We remember his visit with Andrea as they attended the Santa Fe Opera. We so enjoyed Wayne and Andrea's hospitality as Chattanooga became a stopping point on our east-west travels. We give thanks for Wayne's joy in his wife and family and his zest for music. We send our sympathy to all, Bill and Margaret Franke.

Janice (Sayre) Williams

March 12, 2014

My deepest sympathy to family. I graduated with brother Ed, but remember Wayne playing trombone in CHS band at the same time my sister played in band, also the trombone. My you Rest in Peace Wayne, you will be missed.

RuthAnne Golab

March 12, 2014

Bye Wayne "O", you will be missed by many, not just your family, but all of us who grew up with you in Chester, WV., especially when I had the pleasure of your presence in our house with big brother all the time. You were a gem and I will remember many times of you and Gene being the "great music critics", sitting in the front yard listening to the 1812 Overture on high. RIP..Love ya Ruth Anne Burch Golab.