Mary Loyce Berry, 74, of Wesson passed away on July 10, 2009, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. Visitation will be 5pm-8pm Saturday at Stringer Family Funeral Services in Hazlehurst and 2pm-3pm Sunday at Wesson Baptist Church. Services will be 3pm Sunday at Wesson Baptist Church with interment in Wesson Cemetery. Stringer Family Funeral Services in Hazlehurst is handling arrangements.
She was born May 30, 1935, to Barney Smith and Mary Alice Little Smith. She married Lee W. Berry Jr. and, after living out of state for several years, they settled in Wesson in 1962 where she lived until her death. They operated a grocery store for many years. She also worked twenty years with Wesson Schools, serving in the study hall and later as assistant librarian. She was a member of Wesson Baptist Church where she served in many capacities over the years, including as teacher for the Gleaners Sunday School class, a group dear to her heart, and a member of Happy Harvesters. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Fifty Plus Club. She was entirely devoted to her family and was particularly proud of her grandchildren. It was her greatest pleasure to spend time with them and she attended every ballgame, program, ceremony and special event of each.
Preceded her in death is her husband, Lee W. Berry, Jr. Survivors are as follows: son, Lee W. Berry III and his wife, Debby of Huntsville, AL and their children, Lee W. Berry IV of Washington, D.C., Elise Berry Sauber and her husband Matt of Bowling Green, KY., and Elaine Berry of Huntsville; daughter, Kathy Dugas and her husband, Louis of Flowood, and their children, Matt Dugas of Wesson, Allison Dugas Pates and her husband Andrew of Brandon, and Caleb Dugas of Flowood; and daughter Elise Berry Munn and her husband Terry, and their children, Quentin Munn and Mary Beth Munn all of Wesson; brothers, Barney Smith of Columbia and John Mack Smith of Georgetown; and sisters, Nell Smith of Jackson, Elise Smith of Byram, Ann Crosby of Sontag, Audrey Cupit of Meadville, and Margaret Lee of Magee.
Memorials can be made to the Lee Will and Mary Loyce Berry Scholarship at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson.