Sgt. Ricky James Berry
June 3, 1963 – June 2, 2014
Sgt. Ricky James Berry, United States Army (Retired), passed away unexpectedly June 2, 2014 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. He was born June 3, 1963 in Waynesboro a son of Jerry R. and Shirley B. Martin Berry McGann. He retired from the United States Army, having served two tours in Iraq from which he received numerous medals. He also served in the Army National Guard. He cherished his time spent during his military career, where he met a lot of great people and kept many of them as his close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents; Valley and Jim Smiley, Bland and Lucy Martin, Thelma McGann and Herbert Berry, step-brother, Sterling McGann, a sister, Pamela McGann Royer who he loved with all his heart and missed so much, two cousins, as well as numerous uncles. Survivors include his mother Shirley B. Martin Berry McGann and her husband Donald McGann, a brother, Chris McGann and his wife Lisa, step-brother, Jeff McGann and his wife Stephanie, step-sister, Regina McGann Shifflett, brother-in-law, Larry Royer, nephews; Timothy Royer and his girlfriend Monica Larkin, Justin McGann and fiance’ Ashley Via , Stephen McGann, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins that meant so much to him, especially Wesley Lutton who spent a lot of time with him. He also left behind close friends from the military, Doug and Sam who were special to him. Ricky enjoyed Karate, writing, spending time with family, especially watching movies and having long talks with his mother. He was a huge “Big Foot” fan and researcher, of which he later wrote and published a book Big Foot on the East Coast. He loved to joke and laugh and helped everyone in need. He never met a stranger. A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Monday, June 9, 2014 at the Stuarts Draft Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes with Pastor Billy Coffey officiating. Burial will follow in Augusta Memorial Park with full military honors. Active pallbearers will be Stephen McGann, Justin McGann, Timothy Royer, Doug Armstrong, Jeff McGann and Wesley Lutton. Honorary pallbearers will be family and friends attending the service. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 PM Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to share a memory, send condolences and sign the guest book by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com Arrangements have been entrusted to the Stuarts Draft Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes
- Visitation Sunday, June 8, 2014
- Funeral Service Monday, June 9, 2014
Sgt. Ricky James Berry
February 22, 2015
I just found out about Rick, This saddens me greatly. Him and I were great friends, I remember us staying up many of nights working on his book and talking about many of things. He was very gifted and will be missed by so many people. Rest in peace bro.
October 2, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. Rick was a good friend to me many years ago and I regret not keeping in touch. I think of him often.
June 19, 2014
Sad to hear of his passing. Too soon. Deployed to Iraq with him with the 224th. He was always cheerful, and full of great stories. He helped make life better.
God speed, and blessings upon his family. Know that he was respected by his fellow soldiers.
June 19, 2014
I spoke with Rick a number of times concerning his Bigfoot research here in Virginia and other parts of the United States. His book, Bigfoot on the East Coast has become one the most sought after books on the subject and will provide countless generations early eyewitness accounts from along the East Coast. As a Bigfoot eyewitness, Ricks book provided me inspiration to continue with my research here is Virginia.
Godspeed Rick, and thank you for your military service.
Ann Armentrout (Serrett)
June 11, 2014
Shirley, I'm so sorry to hear about Ricky. I just found out. You all are in my thoughts and prayers thru the difficult time. So Sorry Love Ann Armentrout(Serrett)
June 9, 2014
Sandra, I'm so very sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. Ricky was taken long before his time & I can't imagine what your family is going through. God has plans for him & he is in a better place doing Gods work. He will forever be in your heart with your memories and the love you had for him.
June 9, 2014
Shirley, Donald, Chris , Lisa and family, I wish there was something I could do to ease the pain but that is in Gods hands. Pray that you will remember the good times with Ricky and forget some of the pain. Love and God bless.
June 7, 2014
TAMALA BRYANT SHORTER
June 6, 2014
So sorry for your family's loss
Rick was a great friend and was loved by many and will be Greatly missed
R.I.P. My Friend.