July 30, 1951April 25, 2021
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On the beautiful sunny day of April 25th, 2021, Earnest Berry Jr. M.D. passed away. He was born on July 30th, 1951 to Earnest Berry Sr. and Essie Mae Trim Berry in Andalusia, Alabama. They later had two additional sons and one daughter. His Alabama family knew him best as "Ponto".

Earnest received his education in Andalusia, Alabama. In 1970, he graduated from Woodson High School. He went on to college where he attended Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. While there, he attended the medical summer program at Harvard University. In 1974, he entered Meharry Medical College where he became a physician and specialized in Family Medicine. Meharry was where he met his wife, Lola Evans Berry, and they married in 1979. Through that union three sons were born and four granddaughters.

Earnest believed in quietly giving back. He briefly served in the National Guard and Army Reserve after completing medical school, reaching the rank of Major.

Over his lifetime Earnest was an avid reader. He also became a lifelong student of genealogy and world history specializing in slave trade routes. Every night from 10 PM to 2 AM you would find him on the computer researching the family’s history and talking about it with his cousin Edward. Knowledge and learning were very important to him; so much so that his mantra to his family was “learn something new every day.”

Earnest Berry Jr. is survived by his loving wife, Lola Evans Berry; his three sons: Earnest III, Johnathan, and William; his four granddaughters: Layla, Brianna, Adriannah, and Maya; and his two siblings: Marilyn and Marvin Berry and a host of nieces and nephews


  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 6, 2021



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Kahil Berry

May 6, 2021

Uncle Ponto, thank you for always being there for me, my mother and my siblings. You taught me how to be a man, you showed me what it meant to be a father and husband. I will forever love and miss you. May you rest with your father, mother, brother and all the rest our ancestors that you would tell me about, under the shield of the all mighty God, until we meet again.

Toyce May-Newman

May 6, 2021

To Mrs. Lola Berry and Family. Dr. Berry was such a blessing to me. He taught me so much in the medical field. I will be forever Grateful to God for Dr. Berry being in my life. May God give each of you Peace And Comfort in this very difficult time of loss. 🙏🏾❤️😘

Bethel AND Church

May 6, 2021

To: Marilyn Berry and family,
"My presence will go with you and I will give you rest. " Exodus 33:14

Praying you will feel the presence of the Lord today and that you draw strength and hope as you trust Him to be your comfort. The Pastor and members of
Bethel A. M.E. Church express our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one, Dr. Earnest Berry. Dr. Berry was a great supporter of our efforts to encourage the youth in their endeavors. May God's richest blessings always be yours.
Rev. Frances Crittendon and the Bethel Fami!y.
Andalusia, Alabama

Vearlin Cox

May 5, 2021

Mrs. Lola Berry and family.
Dr. Earnest Berry made a difference in so many lives. I am thankful to have been one of those who learned and benefited from his teachings, which made a profound impact on my life. I will miss him dearly.
May your precious memories of Dr. Berry give you peace to bring comfort and the courage to face the days ahead . Forever hold those precious memories in your hearts.
The joy and humor that he brought to our lives will not be forgotten. Peace, love and comfort to all. ❤ Vearlin Cox

John Daniels

May 4, 2021

Keeping you in my warmest thoughts during this difficult time.
Dr. Berry and I often spoke on the phone, we laugh and shared many memories which I shall forever cherish.
Andalusia Proud ( Berry Settlement)
Big John Daniels
Andalusia Alabama ❤

Earl Kirkpatrick

May 4, 2021

Our condolences to the Berry family (Dallas and Joseph)for the loss of their loved one Dr. Ernest Berry. He will truly be missed by all that knew him. Let us keep the family in prayer as they mourn the loss of their loved one (a great man, Andalusia proud). We pray for their comfort and strength in Jesus name, AMEN.

Jackie Woods

May 3, 2021

Dr. Berry characteristics, as I remember as a classmate and a friend displayed an intelligent, athletic, humble, and compassionate human being. He evoked his caring and professional skill set through out his life to benefit others. And yes, he made a small difference not only in the community where he lived until his demised but in the community where he was born and grew into a great leader! My special condolence to his family. Again, he was truly a remarkable human being who promoted and preserved good human values that will endure.

Dorothy Rawls White

May 3, 2021

Sending my sincere condolences to The Berry Family.

Diana Glover-Samuel

May 3, 2021

He was blessed to achieve his life's desires. He earned the "Hometown Proud" and loving respect from Andalusia Alabama!

Sarah Ward

May 3, 2021

With Deepest Sympathy.though your heart must hold deep sadness at the loss of Earnest, praying it will hold the blessings of the life you shared and the love that will always be a part of you. Keeping you close in caring thoughts and prayers. The Ward Family