Janet Bernice Berry of Spruce Pine, NC, age 86, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at the Charles George VA Hospital with her son and daughter by her side.
She was born March 1,1933 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Emily Flath and Kenneth Walker. In the 1950s she served in the Army as a Communications Operator until the birth of her first child. Her family resided in Michigan until her husband J Frank Berry’s retirement, when they moved to North Carolina. In 2002, he built a home for her in Spruce Pine, which was her residence until her death.
She is survived by her son, Jason and wife Stephanie Berry of Burnsville, NC, and her daughter, Deborah Walker, of Bronx, NY; her grandchildren Gary, Kelly, Colleen, Chelsea, Matt, Denali, and Zen; and 8 great-grandchildren. Her beloved husband J Frank Berry and son Dan O’Neil pre-deceased her.
Janet had many dear friends both in the Spruce Pine community at large and especially at DT’s, the Mitchell Senior Center, and the Bible Baptist Church in Spruce Pine. She went to DT’’s every day to work her crossword puzzle and drink coffee, played harmonica at her church, and loved to play pool with her friends at the Mitchell Senior Center. She spent her last night before her surgery on June 18th with her entire family playing pool (and beating everyone soundly). She was a brave and spunky woman who spoke her mind and lived a rich and independent life. She will be dearly missed by friends and family.
A memorial service will be held June 29th at noon at the Bible Baptist Church, with a reception to be held at DT’s afterwards.