Belton Eugene Berry

October 3, 1920March 16, 2011

Belton Berry, Starkville,

Belton Eugene Berry, age 90, died on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. He was born in Pontotoc County, MS to William Andrew and Ather Lee Dowdy Berry on October 3, 1920. He attended Holmes Junior College and later received both bachelors and master’s degrees from MS State University. He retired from the MS Cooperative Extension Service at MS State in 1981 after 30 years of service. He was a member and deacon at the First Baptist Church in Starkville. He was a past president of the Ackerman Rotary Club, a Master Mason and an Army Air Corps Veteran of WWII. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and hunting.

Services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc, with Rev. Clifton Curtis officiating, burial will follow in the Sand Springs Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Ruth Waldrop Berry; one daughter: Linda Berry Williamson (Jim) of Oak Ridge, TN; and a granddaughter: Valerie Williamson of Atlanta, GA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother: Elton Berry, and Sisters Lois Brown and Laura Arnold.

Pallbearers will be: Jim Williamson, Bernard Graham, Michael Graham, Lynn Dowdy, Andy Arnold and Tommy Coleman.

Visitation will be from 12 to 2 PM Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be sent to the charitable organization of your choice.

Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Saturday, March 19, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 19, 2011

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March 25, 2011

I was sorry to hear of Mr. Berry's death. I enjoued working with him for many years. Carolyn Jennings, Ripley

March 25, 2011

I was so sorry to learn of Mr. Berry's death. I have lots of fond memories of him. Margie Sharp

Katherine Taylor Wood

March 20, 2011

Linda, you probably dont remember me, but we were in a couple of grades in Ackerman Elementary School. I am Katherine Taylor. So sorry to hear about your Daddy. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your Mother and family.

March 19, 2011

Ruth:I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Belton. Agood and long time friend. He will be missed by a lot of people, He was a great person . I pray for you and daughters adjustment. O. F Parker

Suzanne Simmons Dressel

March 18, 2011

Mrs. Berry and Linda,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss and send my deepest sympathy to you. I remember Mr. Berry well and always enjoyed being in his presence. May God comfort you and keep you during this time of grief.

March 18, 2011

We are saddened to learn of Belton's death. Our sympathies to the family.
Bill and Sara Foster
Starkville, Miss

Martha Burney Burris

March 18, 2011

I have precious memories of the years that this dear man and you were a part of my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Linda Richey-Moore

March 18, 2011

Linda, I am so sorry to read about your Dad. Losing a parent is especially hard. Lifting you and your family up in prayer that the Lord will renew your strength and cover you in His peace in the days ahead.

Bill and Jeanne McDaniel

March 18, 2011

We applaud the long and wonderful life of Belton. Our deepest sympathies to you in this special time.

Roy and Thelma Dellinger

March 18, 2011

Fond memories of Belton and Ruth. Your family is in our prayers. Former members at FBC Starkville.