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Cassilda C. Berry
Clifton A. Berry, Sr.
Francia M. Brin, Delrise Berry, Maureen Bryan,
Donna Berry, Sandra Johnson, Lois Boyle
Gene C. Brin, Sr., Lawrence Bryan,
Edward Johnson, Wardell Boyle
Gene C. Brin, Jr., Kory Brin, Shelli Brin, Francois Brin,
Clifton Berry, Jr., Jessica Bryan, Charlotte Smith, Drew Smith,
Christopher Smith, Tiffany Boyle, Brian Boyle
Viggo Niles, Louis Niles
Gene C. Brin, Jr., Clinton George, Edward Matos,
Lee Questel, Wardell Boyle, Ricky Berry
Gene C. Brin, Sr., Lawrence Bryan, Clifton Berry, Sr., Edward Johnson,
Juan Ayala, Sr., Kory Brin, Ivan Greaux, George Querrard, Sr.
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Joseph Theodore Berry was born on April 18,1925. He was the third
child of Phillip and Lucy Berry. He attended school under the tutorage
of Arturo Watlington, Sr., in this building, which served the dual
purpose of a classroom and a place of worship.
At the age of four, he lost his mother. Because of the hardship of
being raised by a single parent of four children, at the age of thirteen,
held two jobs and entrusted all his earnings to his dad. At age sixteen,
he had to use the same earnings to cover the burial expenses of his
father. This experience coupled with the upbringing of his father,
developed in him a-keen sense of responsibility, discipline, financial
planning and organization. These characteristics were manifested
throughout his life.
Joseph married his childhood friend, Cassilda Niles and from this
union came eight children, the firstborn being deceased at age six.
Joseph entered the United States Army on December 5, 1952, and
served six years. He received the following citations: Korean Service
Medal with 1 BBS, United Nations Service Medal, ROK Pres Unit
Citation and Good Conduct Medal. Using the experience he gained
while serving in the Army Corp of Engineers, he was able to enter the
construction industry on his return to civilian life.
Joseph was a happy-go-lucky, free spirited, comical, loving and
caring person. Being the comical person that he was, he one day
jokingly modeled his sister's petticoat among friends. They then gave
him the nickname "Coat" which he became known by throughout his
Coat opened his home to one and all. He hosted numerous North-
side community functions there, especially the fund-raising dances
held to build the Mafolie Clubhouse. He was known to be the life of
the party. However, his children dreaded his grand entrance at social
functions in his glittering, gold, one-of-a-kind Liberace-styled suit.
There was also the fond memories of Coat's children gathering around
Order of Service
Celebrant... Reverend George Franklin
Organist... Gwynneth Moolenaar
BLESSING OF THE CASKET
ENTRANCE HYMN ........................ In Times Like These
GREETINGS AND OPENING PRAYER
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING: Wis. 3:1-9 ............... Jessica Bryan,
RESPONSORIAL PSALM ............................ Tiffany Boyle
"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want"
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING: Rev. 21:1-5 ........... Donna Berry
GOSPEL ........................... .... Reverend George Franklin
HOMILY .... .................... ...... Reverend George Franklin
PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
OFFERTORY HYMN .................. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
EUCHARISTIC PRAYER .................. Reverend George Franklin
THE LORD'S PRAYER
PEACE HYMN ................................Soon and Very Soon
COMMUNION HYMN ... ............ ........ He Touched Me
HYMN OF MEDITATION: His Eye Is on the Sparrow ... Shikima Jones
EULOGY ................... ................. Kory Lance Brin
FINAL COMMENDATION .............. Reverend George Franklin
RECESSIONAL HYMN ................................He Lives
him at night. They loved to hear his bedtime stories. However, he
never failed to tell the same two stories of The Three Little Pigs and
Goldie Locks and the Three Bears.
As much as he loved parties and a good time, Coat loved to debate
with his family. The debates over politics, religion, geography, family
disputes and money, often times, ended with no conclusion because
he believed he was always right. However, no one departed angry
because he would turn everyone's frustrations into a laughable situa-
tion by displaying his typical affection for his family.
Joseph "Coat" Berry loved his wife and children. He was a good,
loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.
He was the peacemaker in the family and the neighborhood.
We could not understand losing him at this time and so suddenly.
But in looking for an answer, we turned to the Lord's Word, which
says "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is
your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time and then
vanisheth away." (ames 4:14)
We give thanks and praise to God for the time He blessed us with
Coat. May he rest in peace.
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To My Dearest Dad ... It is with a saddened heart that I write these last
few words to you to say that I love you. Our life together was specially
designed by God. Through His Grace, the guidance and love you've
given me during our time here will provide me with strength in difficult
times and comfort throughout the remainder of my days. I shall depend
upon these cherished memories to help fill a portion of the void left by
your departure until we walk together again in His presence in Heaven.
Dad ... Suddenly you were gone. We did not expect to lose you so
unexpectedly. While preparing for the hurricane, something or someone
made me drop my tools and I jumped on the phone and called you to see
if you were alright. You said you were prepared. Your work is finished
here and a good job you did. It was time for you to be carried home and
live with your Father in Heaven. Until we meet again,
Coat... You have been given eternal life for believing in Jesus. My
father-in-law is home, a home made by God himself. I will miss your
hugs and kisses. You were a pillar of life and strength.
Your daughter-in-law Zoraida
Dear Dad and Grampy ... You have been a role model in all of our
lives. Your family values and standards of excellence have been passed"
on to our family. Your shoulder has been a resting place in times of
hardship. Your funny jokes or stories always lifted one's spirit May the
Lord grant you eternal rest as we pray "Humble yourselves therefore
under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting
all your care upon him; for he careth for you." (I Peter 5:6-7)
Love, Francia, Gene, Sr., Gene, Jr., Kory, Shelli, Francois Brin
"Coat" ... The pain in my heart at losing you is very strong this time,
but the great satisfaction I have is knowing you have gone to rest in the
arms of your '"Heavenly Father" as you always told us. As brother and
sister we went through life's hardships hand in hand and the Lord knows
we had many of those. But despite it all the love, fun and laughter
brought not only to me, but to all who were fortunate to be your family
and friends will forever remain in our hearts.
Your loving sister Vanita
Dear Dad ... You will be missed and remembered for your acts of
kindness, your shared leadership in our home and your great sense of
humor. Thank you for teaching us those values that will help guide us
through this life. I thank God that He will ever keep you in his presence.
For the Bible says, "If we die with Christ, we believe that we will also live
with Him." (Romans 6:8)
Love, Sandra and Edward Johnson
To My Father... Thank you for the wonderful life you gave me. I shall
forever apply the principles you taught me; always forgiving, hard work-
ing, treating everyone with respect, to welcome all into my home and
giving reference to God. Thank you for your love and caring, protection
and shelter. God commanded, children honor thy father and thy mother.
You are a father to be honored. My family and I will honor our memory
of you always and I love you and we will miss you dearly but through the
grace of God you were saved. So may our Lord, Jesus Christ make his
light to shine upon you and give you rest. Farewell, Dad, go in peace.
Lois, Wardell, Tiffany, Brian
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found. Call ye upon him while he is
near. My father turned his life over to Jesus Christ several years ago.
Because of this, I have much joy and happiness knowing he is in God's
presence. Many unanswered questions he left here with, have now been
fully explained to him with clear understanding. I know that whatsoever
God does, it is forever, nothing can be added or taken away and God
does it that men should reverence him. Thank you Jesus, for making the
way into your father's kingdom clear and available through your word,
death, burial and resurrection.
Love, Donna, Charlotte, Drew and Christopher
Uncle Coat... Your sudden passing came as such a shock, we never
wanted to envision someone like you who had such a passion for living,
to someday leave us. Wherever you went you always brought with you
much laughter and joy. You were always the life of every family gather-
ing or function, if you arrived late or did not show up you were sorely
missed. As your nieces and nephews you taught us one lesson through-
out our lives and this was peace. It was what you wanted out of life and
definitely what you encouraged and expected from us, no less and no
more. You promoted this by your example, no matter what hurt or
disappointment came your way you always turned the other cheek,
seldom if ever became angry over these trifles of life. I will sorely miss
the challenges of our debates over politics, religion and oh yes silly family
disputes. As much as you, Maureen and I would argue and debate we
always ended up laughing because you would turn the debate into a joke
and hug and kiss us, of course Maureen and myself being more hot
tempered continued the debate. Uncle Coat how we will face the days to
come knowing you are no longer with us only God knows, but we will
try to cling to the wonderful memories, love, laughter and peace you
gave to us all "your special gifts!"
Your loving niece, Marilyn
Joseph, or "Coat" as he was affectionately known, is now within the
loving embrace of his Creator. Community-minded and God-fearing,
Coat devoted much energy to the building of our OLPH Church club-
house; opening his home for activities and doing much more to make
fund-raisers successful. He was never too busy to lavish time and love on
his family, who were first and foremost in his life, as evidenced to the
very end when he rebuilt his hurricane-destroyed home. This, I trust, his
family will enjoy in his memory. Coat will be sorely missed and Richard
and I pray God will help the family bear the pain of his sudden passing.
Senator Lorraine L Berry
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By Noel C. Aubain
In the aftermath of "Bertha"
As I mop thru mud and grime
My mind is off and wandering
To another day and time
When other storms were
And we lived in just a shack
When we thought it was so
To see mom sort and pack
It meant a trip to 'Uncle Coat'
For his home was big and strong
Thirteen children five adults
How did we get along!?
For Uncle Clovis and our family
Came as a package deal
The strain fell on poor Cassilda
As she prepared each
great big meal
Today I stop and reminisce
My parents are both gone
Uncle Clovis had his calling
And he too went along
The children scattered far and wide
Grandchildren came along
Never thinking another storm
Would bring us the same old song
Of gathering together
As one big family
To bid farewell to 'Uncle Coat'
As he goes to our Almighty
Jesus ... Comfort ...
Faith -Ec. 3:11
And problems fall behind.
"He has made everything
beautiful in it's time
And put eternity in man's mind"
We know that with the Lord
A thousand years is as a day
So with a wink of God's eyes
We'll all be home to stay
It's just a little bridge to cross
And for us the water's rough
But we're in His loving arms
And that should be enough
So as we say so-long today
To Joseph 'Coat' Berry
Fond memories are in our hearts
That'll last an eternity
We'll always remember
your loving hugs and
"How is my too-doots."
Rest in peace.