Francis Clifford Berry

September 1, 1924January 5, 2013

Francis Clifford Berry of Northport, formerly of Birmingham, died January 5, 2013 at Hospice of West Alabama. Graveside services will be Monday, January 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm at Forest Hill Cemetery in Birmingham with the Reverend Marc Burnette of Canterbury Episcopal Chapel in Tuscaloosa officiating and Ridout’s Valley Chapel directing. Visitation will be at Valley Chapel from 2:00 to 3:00 pm preceding the service.

Mr. Berry was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Jacqueline Meeks Berry of Birmingham, Alabama and his parents, Robert Clifford and Fannie Scoggin Berry of Selma, Alabama.

He is survived by his daughters, Judith Berry Strickland of Northport and Jane Berry Searcy (Joe III) of Tuscaloosa; five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Berry was born in Selma, Alabama and attended high school in Birmingham, Alabama before enlisting in the United States Merchant Marines in 1942. He served his country until the close of World War II in 1945. He married the former Mary Jacqueline Meeks in 1944. He was a 1949 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Engineering. After graduating from college, he worked for Chicago Bridge & Iron Company in Birmingham, Chicago and Houston before retiring to form his own consulting firm. A pioneer in his field, he developed the technique of ultrasound for use in nondestructive testing in industry. His technique has been used for over a half century in areas from space exploration to oil storage to nuclear power containment. A member of the society of Professional Engineers, he spearheaded projects on every continent in the world. He is a past president and fellow of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, receiving a lifetime achievement award in 1986.

Condolences may be offered at Family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404


  • Visitation Monday, January 7, 2013
  • Graveside Service Monday, January 7, 2013

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Bobby Holcombe

January 17, 2013

My family and I know the depths of your loss and sadness having just lost our Dad a couple months ago. I always respected and admired Francis, especially the way he always treated his "Sister," my Mom Claradel, with such love and respect. God Bless all the Berry Family.

Terri White 862-2773

January 7, 2013

May Gods love and peace surround you now and always. I met your parents while assisting in your moms care thru New Beacon Hospice. They both were such wonderful people. I remember him coloring her hair right before I got there to put her in the shower. Such fond memories of them. Cherish your memories!

Barbara Vann

January 7, 2013

Judy and Jane, I am so very sorry. I am thinking of you.

Virginia Crim

January 7, 2013

Judy & Jane, having just lost Daddy 8 weeks ago, I can certainly relate to how you are feeling. Things will get better, I promise! I always loved your Dad with his great sense of humor and crinkly smile. We were certainly blessed with great parents! You are all in my prayers at this difficult time.

January 7, 2013

My prayers are with you Jane and your family as you deal with the loss of your beloved father. He is now in peace and in the loving arms of Jesus. As you mourn remember all the prayers being said in your behalf to hold you up and bring you to a place of peace and joy.
Your sister in Christ, Agnes Wichmann

Helen Bhagwandin

January 7, 2013

Jane our love and prayers are with you and your family; please acept our heartfelt condolences.
From Province IV Daughters of the King.

January 6, 2013

Our sincere condolences, Judy and Jane. Francis and Jackie were two of the nicest people one could know. God's love and comfort to you both and your families. Ron and Judy Taylor (former members of First Christian Church, Birmingham.)