OBITUARY

Sharon Roberts Berry

November 10, 1942June 1, 2021

Dr. Sharon R. Berry, age 78, of Hoover, Alabama, passed peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas to deaf parents, she graduated from Jessieville High School followed by the University of Arkansas with a degree in Deaf Education. She held a Masters in Special Education from Old Dominion University, then completed her Ph.D. at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Sharon married her best friend and encourager, the late Rev. H. Ray Berry, Jr., in May 1962. They are survived by two daughters, Sherry Berry and Dr. Jayne Cuidon (spouse of Scott Cuidon). Sharon is further survived by her brother, Errol Roberts, as well as her six grandchildren and three-plus great-grandchildren.

Exceptionally intelligent, creative, and organized, Dr. Berry served as principal of the Hampton School for the Deaf and Blind in Virginia, director of Shades Mountain Christian School in Birmingham, Alabama, and director of the Christian Deaf Fellowship. She authored more than 30 publications, including several curriculum series for Christian schools. She also served on several boards to help the most vulnerable populations, including the National Institute of Learning Development, Association of Christian Schools International, Prison Fellowship, and Joni and Friends.

Known for her tenacity, compassion and wisdom, Dr. Berry spent a lifetime investing in people for the kingdom of God, regardless of status or personal benefit. She had impact on the young and the old through her gentle teaching and sincere love.

A memorial service will be held at Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Alabama on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. with A Service of Remembrance for Sharon at 6 p.m.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the Christian Deaf Fellowship, 3115 Club Drive, Birmingham, AL 35226. Online condolences to the family can be made at Sharon Roberts Berry's special memorial page at www.SouthernHeritageFunerals.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

  • A Service of Remembrance for Sharon Berry

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

Memories

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MaryLue Jeffereys

June 7, 2021

Our prayers and love go out to you all. Mary Lue wanted to send hugs and send her sincerest grief to the family. Sharon was Mary's best friend for 20 years or more.
She was instrumental in Mary's growth as a person and in her ability to love and appreciate others.

Blessings on the family and love to Cherybe as well.

Sharon Wilkerson

June 5, 2021

My heart so wow I missed so sweet and loved that Sharon Berry I always remember she teacher at DAC Center in Portsmouth VA church Free Will Baptist church in VA beach VA and camp too at VA beach VA line in NC and Chespake VA and family she is so peace she is not suffering anymore with Lord 🙏 I never forget memorial at camp .
We love you
Sharon and Betty Wilkerson

Tammy Justice

June 4, 2021

Very special & sweet friend of mine that I hold in my heart eternally. May God be with you forever. You’ll be dearly missed. Love you always!

Joe Stevens

June 4, 2021

Dear family and friends of Sharon Berry,
Mrs. Berry had a lot influence on my life as a deaf person, I was introduced to Mrs Berry by two deaf brothers, Clifton and Mike Waston along with their mother Gail, when I was a teenager, all of them together had impact helping me identifying myself as a deaf person. Reason I say that because school system back then and still does today is trying to make deaf people "normal" like using oral methods but the whole deaf gang introduced to sign Language ASL which I am forever indebt to them including Mrs.Berry. My most memorial time was when I went to the deaf camp hosted by Mrs. Berry at age of 15 yrs old, it was my first time experiencing time away from home meeting new friends Alike. There are two..or more things I want to share with ya all,
Mrs Berry helped me become confident about myself as a deaf person and for who I am today.
My first day at the camp was awesome, Mrs Berry and Pastor Ray were kind of disappointed that the boat won't start or run properly, with my background working on aircraft and cars at young age, I never saw a boat engine but I asked Ray let me take a peep and see what I can do, Mrs Berry trusted more me but Ray was bit skeptical. I took a peep and found the issue, it was a stuck choke. Everyone was thrilled to have the boat, anyway this isn't end of it, later at very end of the camp bonfire, ending last day was the most amazing time of my life, espically with Mrs.Berry and Clifton Waston, I found Jesus Christ as my savior and ever since that time to now still serve God. Thank you Mrs Berry for being God's servant and we all look up and give the Glory to God as we all fill His purpose... Mrs Berry thank you for being giving me new being thru Jesus Christ. Glory to the King, see ya later....God Bless Mrs. Berry and her family..
Joe Stevens.

Denise Phillips

June 3, 2021

We always have loved Sharon Berry. What an encouragement she and Ray always were to us. How special to know that now she's in heaven with Ray. Jayne, please know that we're praying for your entire family. Had met some of your kids through the years when I was at your Mom's. Always enjoyed visiting with her. Love y'all, John and Denise Phillips and family

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