Funeral services for Myrtis Oree Kennedy Berry, age 94, of Oak Grove were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Oak Grove with the Rev. Rick Herrington and the Rev. Carlos Trapp officiating. Interment followed at the New Forest Cemetery, Forest. Visitation was held from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013 at Cox Funeral Home.

Myrtis Oree Kennedy Berry, daughter of James Houston and Pearlie Jane Kennedy, was born April 22, 1918 in Magee, Miss.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Carl Kennedy; sisters, Gladys Jones, Mattie Shoemaker and Hattie Lamb; a son-in-law, Jerry Tatum. She was also predeceased by a loving son, Scott Eugene (Scotty) Berry and Thomas Franklin (T.F.) Berry, her beloved husband of 69 years.

Survivors include one brother, Monroe T. and wife Floy Pennington Kennedy of Ferriday; one son, Thomas A. and wife Nancy Berry of Redfield, Ark.; three daughters, Edna Tatum of Bastrop,Brenda Herrington and husband Rick of Oak Grove and Dot Johnston and husband Ken of Summit, Miss.; daughter-in-law, Dotty Berry, wife of the late Scotty Berry of Oak Grove; three sisters-in-law, Libbie Jean Berry, Cletha Mae Berry and Maynell Whitney.

Myrtis Oree Kennedy Berry, known as Oree to most, but Mamaw to many, passed away on March 14, 2013 at West Carroll Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was the mother of five, grandmother of 17 and great-grandmother of 11. She was a sister to five and friend to many. Mrs. Berry was devoted to her Lord and family and served both with selfless love. Her Christian example as an encourager inspired all those who knew her. At First Baptist Church, Oak Grove, she served as a nursery worker and a youth training union teacher, and was a faithful member of the Ruth Sunday School Class.

As a homemaker, she enjoyed sewing and cooking for her family. Music was a very important part of her life! Singing, playing harmonica and guitar, smiling and tapping her foot as she "made music" brought joy to many. Mrs. Berry 's love of music and the guitar has been passed down and will be remembered for generations.

The joy of the Lord proved to be her strength. Strength and honor have been her clothing. Her children arise up and call her blessed and will honor her memory as we celebrate her life.

The family wishes to thank the staff and workers of Carroll Nursing Home for their loving care and services. A special thanks to Dr. Fakhre Fakhre, Matt Wegner NP and the West Carroll Hospital.

Pallbearers were John Berry, David Berry, Toney Reemes, Tony Hill, Kevin Tatum and Ronnie Shoemaker.

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