Octavis LaMar Berry

February 8, 1981October 14, 2011

Octavis LaMar Berry Sunrise ~ February 8, 1981 Sunset ~ October 14, 2011

Octavis LaMar Berry, 30, of Austin, Texas, was born February 8, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois to Pauline Starnes and Paul Leon Berry. Octavis was the only child born to this union. Octavis professed his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 14, and was baptized on May 1, 1994, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, located in Chicago. Octavis was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Perry L. and Mattie B. Berry; two brothers, Kenneth and LaDarrick Torry; and nephew, Kenneth Torry Jr.

Octavis attended Lyndon B. Johnson High School, and later received his GED. Octavis passionately pursued his life long dream as a performer in the Hip-Hop music industry. At an early age, Octavis had a master command of the English language and was known as a natural “wordsmith.” Octavis was a very loving and generous person with an infectious smile and a “larger than life” personality, but most importantly, he loved his children.

Octavis, also known as, ‘Esbe the 6th Street Bully’ or simply ‘Da Bully’ began his journey on the local Hip-Hop scene in 2003 as half of the group ‘Dred Scott’. Their first performance was at the Victory Grill, located in the historical district of East Austin. In 2008, the group Dred Scot teamed up with local like-minded Hip-Hop artists, Da C.O.D. and Southbound, thus forming ‘The League of Extraordinary Gz’ (LOEGz). Shortly after releasing their first mixtape, the LOEGz landed a spot on the Texas Hip-Hop showcase at SXSW 2009-2011. The LOEGz’s resume includes performances with: Paul Wall and Chamillionaire, MTV2’s Texas Day, Swisha House, Devin the Dude, Jackie Chain, and Dead Prez, and many others. In October of this year, the group was also invited to perform at the AC3 Hip-Hop festival in Atlanta, GA. Octavis had the passion, drive, and courage to follow his dreams.

Octavis departed this life on Friday, October 14, 2011. Octavis’ children, family, and friends will truly miss him.

Octavis leaves to cherish his memory: two daughters, Shontay Renee Simonton, 13 (step-daughter) and Krystal LaShon Berry, 8; two sons, Tavarius Lamar Berry, 11 and Octavis Levar Berry Jr., 10; Mother, Pauline Starnes; Father, Paul Berry (Brenda); Grandmother, Dorothy Starnes; three sisters: Angela Enoch (Jon), Katara Lawanda and Krystal LaShon Berry; two step-sisters: Debra Ferrell and Laura Charles; three brothers: Paul Leon Jr., Perry Leron, and Elliott L. Berry; and two step-brothers: Charles and John Ferrell, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Family and friends are invited to a visitation to be held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 North Interstate 35, Pflugerville. Octavis' Homegoing Celebration will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 21, 2011 at the David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 2211 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Austin, Texas 78702. Graveside services will follow at Cook-Walden/Memorial Hill Cemetery in Pflugerville.

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  • Visitation Thursday, October 20, 2011
  • Homegoing Service Friday, October 21, 2011

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October 13, 2014

Thought about u today

March 6, 2014

Thinking of you cuzz

Shontay Simonton

February 28, 2014

I MISS YOU - Shontay


January 29, 2014

And I will rejoice in Jerusalem and exult in my people; No more will there be heard in her the sound of weeping or a cry of distress.”(Isa 65:19) Wonderful promise and heartfelt prayers go out for all the families and friends.

Curtis Eastham

June 26, 2012

Tay i miss you more than words can say I love you dog and I'm going to do everything I can to help your fam I'm coming to see you soon "mam grandpa's boat" hahahahaha

tadyeus mcgee

June 21, 2012

missing you as the minutes go by in a day. wishing you were still here. oh uncle tavis i really really miss you. the words that i speak cant mkae no one understand how much i miss you.. oh dear uncle tavis please come visit me one day oh uncle tavis i cant stress this enough but i miss you from the bottom of my heart

April 12, 2012

Im glad that i can write on here i miss you so much daddy i hope your watching over me and i want you to talk to me at night when im talking to you i cant wait to see you again big head i really miss you and wish you were here to watch me succeed in life I LOVE YOU.

April 11, 2012

I Miss You Soo Much Daddy And I Cant Wait To See You Again,

Katara Berry

January 17, 2012

I remember our last face to face conversation, you told me you were proud of me and you knew I was going to accomplish what I want..... Thanks for the inspiration brother! <3

Tadyeus McGee

November 2, 2011

Hopefully if everything go as i planned i will be in texas in may 2012 and be a member of the legue of extraordinary gzs this will give me a chance to be around my family with me being in this group will always make it better for me in my life love you uncle tavis im not going to cry nomore cause i will see you again one day after life