ALBANY - Funeral services for the late Mrs. Gladys Berry, 86, 1120 St. Andrews Drive, Albany, Georgia who departed this life earthly life peacefully Monday, April 7, 2014 at her home will be held Friday, April 11, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. from Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 901 S. Westover Blvd; Albany, Georgia with Pastor, Dr. Daniel Simmons, Officiating. Interment will follow in the Roselawn Memory Gardens, 2122 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive; Albany, Georgia. Her remains will lie in state at the church Friday from 12:00 noon until the service hour. The family of Mrs. Gladys Berry will receive relatives and friends at 1120 St. Andrews Drive, Albany, Georgia. Meadows Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Gladys Allen Berry was the only child born to the late Mrs. Mary Mitchell and Mr. Jessie Allen in the state of Alabama on March 31, 1928. She received her formal education in the public schools of Edison, GA and publicly professed her faith there as well. She received her bachelor’s degree from Fort Valley College in Home Economics Education and earned a master’s degree in Education from Tuskegee Institute and an advanced degree in Library Science. She taught in Lee and Randolph counties in Georgia prior to moving to Albany, teaching and coaching basketball for more than 30 years in the Dougherty County School System.
She married the love of her life, Ernest S. Berry, Jr., and the couple was blessed with a son, Tyran Sherod Berry, to whom Gladys was a doting nurturing mother. Both husband and son have preceded her in death.
Upon moving to Albany, Gladys and Ernest joined the Cutliff Grove Missionary Baptist Church where they served faithfully for many years. They later united with the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, in Albany, GA, at the old site on Whitney Avenue. She was a faithful member of Circle Ill Mission Circle prior to becoming a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Deaconess Ministry. She was a captain of the
March birth month club, participated in the Senior and Gospel Choirs, served as a Sunday School teacher and Soup Kitchen worker, and volunteered with the Breakfast for Children program. Her affiliations include Albany Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Utilis Matronae Club and the Les Femmes Social Club. Gladys and Ernest were founding members of the 26 Club in Albany. Politically active, she has worked with the Sanford Bishop congressional campaign.
Those who will miss the joy of her presence include brothers and sisters: Willie J. Allen, Orlando, FL; Johnny B. Allen, Orlando, FL; faithful Samuel L Allen, Albany, GA; Eunice Allen, Orlando, FL; Ronny Allen, Orlando, FL; Michelle King, Orlando, FL; god daughters, Carla Johnson (Don), Albany, GA and Dasha Franklin, Albany, GA; god son, Willie Chester (Janice), Albany, GA; special nieces Joyce Jackson and Tealo Jackson; devoted cousins Russell and Dacia Berry; her loyal adopted sister, Mrs. Thelma Stanley; dutiful caretaker Bonnie Hosley; many loving cousins, nieces and nephews in addition to a host of neighbors and friends. Also left to honor her memories are her longtime friend and prayer confidante, Dr. Brenda Hodges-Tiller and Debra Berry, a faithful and devoted companion.