Lois Evelyn Spikes Berry
November 2, 1924 – February 11, 2020
Lois Berry passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, surrounded by her loving family, at Fairfax Hills Senior Living in Raleigh after years of failing health due to dementia and other medical issues. She was provided excellent support by the loving caregivers at Fairfax. She was a caring daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Lois was a genuine loving soul with compassion for all who met her.
Born November 2nd, 1924 in Downtown Raleigh, Lois has always called North Carolina home. In 1929, Lois and her parents moved to Leesville Township in Northwestern Wake County to join Lois’ mother’s family. She lived there the rest of her life, becoming a cornerstone of the community. She was a remarkable cook and enjoyed feeding anyone who may stop in for a visit. She was a life-long and active member of Leesville Baptist Church.
Lois married John Thomas (JT) Berry, Sr. on December 22nd, 1945 after his service in the United States Army during World War II. JT passed away in 2015, just three days prior to their 70th wedding anniversary.
Lois began her career with University Motors, then Central Carolina Bank in Durham, NC before leaving to become a full-time homemaker to raise a family. Lois later returned to the workforce as the very first female branch manager of North Carolina National Bank. After retiring from the bank, she became a rural route mail carrier.
In retirement, she became the matriarch of her family, providing wisdom and guidance to those who sought it, providing comfort and loving support to all.
She leaves behind sons; John Thomas (Tom) Berry, Jr. and wife Dot, Dennis Gorman Berry, Sr. and wife Dianne, and Brian Anthony Berry. Also included are four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her infant son Michael Wayne Berry.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 15 at 11:00 am until 12:00 pm at Leesville Baptist Church, 13305 Leesville Church Rd Raleigh, NC 27615. A Celebration of her Life will begin at 12:00 pm. Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery, followed by a reception in the Family Life Center.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to the Leesville Baptist Church Building Fund, 13305 Leesville Church Rd. Raleigh, NC 27615.
- Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
- Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2020
Lois Evelyn Spikes Berry
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February 19, 2020
To Berry family i just learned the passing of your mother. i'mm so sorry to hear that. Rest in peace my love. Prayers and love to family.
Debbie and Arthur Oakley