OBITUARY

Doyle Galloway Berry

July 5, 1930February 5, 2018

Doyle Galloway Berry passed away peacefully at his home in Berwick, LA on February 5th, 2018. The 87-year-old Christian and businessman was surrounded by his loving family, faithful caregivers and his trusted dog and companion, “Biscuit”.

There is no question that the day, July 5th, 1930 was a significant day in the life of Doyle Berry, as that was the day he was born in Norfolk, VA. More importantly however were the days filled and lived after that day. For those are the days that formed and molded the man best known to most as Doyle, Dad, Granddad, Chief and Boss. Most would agree that Doyle not only burned the candle from both ends, but from every angle possible and lived his life to its fullest.

Doyle spent his formative years in Mendenhall, MS where he formed life-long, childhood friendships. In 1948, he joined the Navy, spending most of his time on the island of Guam and was honorably discharged in 1952. From there, Doyle went on to attend the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. In 1955, Doyle took a summer job in South Louisiana and took note of the countless opportunities in the burgeoning oilfield.

In 1956, Doyle moved to Berwick, LA and co-founded Berry Bros. General Contractors, Inc. with his brother Everett. Since that time, Doyle has been involved in countless other business ventures, numerous civic organizations, as well as politically appointed posts. He was a director for Katy Industries, Chairman of the LA Wildlife and Fisheries, Director for the M.C. Port and Harbor Commission, Director of First National Bank, King of Hephaestus, King of the Mystic Krewe of Louisianans in Washington D.C. and was a fellow Mason at numerous lodges. Doyle never met a stranger in his life and was friends with people from all ends of the spectrum. He was particularly fond of law enforcement and politics and therefore counted many congressmen, mayors, lawmen, senators, governors and even presidents as friends. Doyle truly was a larger than life figure in the glory days of the South Louisiana oil boom. Doyle loved fishing on Creole Bayou, playing golf on the Meeker Course and spending time with family and friends on the White River. Those who knew him best, will forever remember his love of God and Country, a pocket full of cigars, a phone in his ear, a glass of iced tea, a strong desire to help others, and a spirited game of gin rummy. We will forever miss and never forget those warm greetings of “Pal” and “Sugar”.

Doyle is survived by his sons, Brian Berry, Bert Berry and his wife, Wendy, Scott Berry and his wife, Shanna; his grandchildren, Caitlin Berry, Eleanor Berry, Dillon Berry, Julia Berry, Isabella Berry, Kaylee Champagne, and Cullen Champagne, great-granddaughter, Charlotte Arceneaux, brother, Dr. Gene Berry and his wife, Jolie; and sisters-in-law Iris Berry and Mickey Pearson.

Doyle is preceded in death by his wife, Dawn Wilson Berry, his father and mother, Buford and Katherine Berry, step mother, Alleyne Berry, and brother, Everett Berry.

The family is forever thankful for the caregivers and friends who were there for him through the years. Visitation will be held at Hargrave Funeral Home at 10:00a.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018 until time of dismissal. Following dismissal, a funeral ceremony will take place at 1:00pm at the First Baptist Church of Morgan City. Services will be officiated by Reverend Bert Langley. Doyle will be laid to rest privately at a later time.

Pall Bearers are Dillon Berry, Troy Lombardo, Raymond Michel, Ron Coleman, Michael Bourgeois, and Bill Dukes. Honorary Pall Bearers are Mac Wade, Melvin Bourgeois, Mike Hillman, Jim Dukes, Andy Lawrence and Howard Parker.

Memorial donations may be made to the “Buford E. Berry Scholarship Fund” at Mississippi College, P.O. Box 4005, Clinton, MS. 39058.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 9, 2018
  • Service Friday, February 9, 2018
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Mike Williamson

May 10, 2018

Doyle and I were close friends 1978 to 1981. We remained friends until his passing. My life adventures took me far away from Berwick,LA but we would call each other often through out the years. It seemed like every time we talked we would come up with another memory of those years that were full of one crazy thing or another that we did together. I worked for BERY BROTHERS. I had no where near the kind of money that Doyle had, but Doyle didn't pick his friends by the size of their bank account. He picked them by what was in their heart. Doyle G. Berry was A STAND UP GUY and he will be greatly missed by the many lives he touched. R.I.P. Mike Williamson

Jerry Hebert

March 3, 2018

Sorry for your loss. I hope the words at Revelation 21:3,4 bring you a little comfort.

Kathy Acosta

February 8, 2018

He always called me Sug. And he had that ever present cigar. He was larger than life and I was proud to call him friend. He would call the switchboard and I'd better jump into action, because words were fast and furious and laughter was always mixed in. The last time I saw him, I treated him to breakfast at Waffle House. He seemed amazed that someone would do that. But I considered it an honor. Love you, Sug.

Ronald Dupre

February 8, 2018

Great man and friend fly with the angels Doyle

February 7, 2018

Our sincere sympathy to Doyle's family. He certainly lived life to the fullest. Some of the greatest memories that we have of Doyle were at The North Fork and The Yellow Horse. God must be scratching his head trying to figure out what to do with Doyle and my father. They spent many happy times hunting and playing golf in and around Meeker. Daddy loved to play jokes on Doyle and Doyle was known to play a few jokes on people. You guys have happy memories.

dwight lott

February 7, 2018

One of the nicest man that I was able to say I meet and got to know over the years. Mr Doyle would always speak whenever he saw you, to his family sorry for your lost and prayers to you all

Gene & Sina Aucoin

February 7, 2018

Please accept Sina and I's deepest sympathies. we are terribly sorry to hear about the loss of Mr Dolye, He was an amazing man. Wonderful Memories are there to enjoy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Vesta Nagim

February 7, 2018

A great man Doyle so kind to my family we will always remember him. I know he with my grandmother eating a hamburger. My heart is with each one of you oh how he loved him family.

February 7, 2018

My deepest sympathy for your lost. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort because he cares for you. 1Peter 5:6-7

Barry Jarreau

February 7, 2018

TO the family,
My sincere prayers and condolences to all of you.