Jesse Lee Berry, 91, of Lubbock, Texas, passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Visitation has been scheduled from 5-7 PM on Thursday, August 30, at Agape Funeral Chapel, located at 6625 19th St. in Lubbock. A funeral service will be held at 10 AM on Friday, August 31 at Agape Funeral Chapel.
Graveside services will follow at Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park in Woodrow. Officiating will be Mike Matheny of First Assembly of God in Lamesa and the Rev. D.L. Hinson of Grace Assembly of God in Lubbock. Jesse was born in Garfield, NM, on June 27, 1927. He went to high school in Edinburg, Texas, and worked in the McCullom Chemical Plant and for Western Union Telegraph, delivering telegrams, while attending school. During his senior year in 1945, he was drafted into the Army Air Force during the WWII conflict. He married Bobbie Lee Courtney on August 15, 1946 in Edinburg, before his induction into the Army Air Force. They were married for 72 years. Jesse was an oil field driller before he became a farmer. He and Bobbie moved to Dell City, Texas, in 1954, and he farmed there for 22 years. He was also president of the Hudspeth County Farm Bureau for eight years. In 1973, Jesse and Bobbie moved to Lubbock, where he worked as a security officer for Lubbock National Bank, and as a certified officer for 17 years at Methodist Hospital. He was also a contractor and built houses in Lubbock before his retirement. Jesse then went back to Edinburg and received his High School Diploma in 2007, at the age of 80!
Jesse was a faithful and dedicated Christian and attended Grace Assembly of God.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Bordon Berry and Bernice Ellen Stanley; his sister, Ruth Berry; his brothers, Melvin Eugene Berry and Nathan Berry, all of Modesto, California; and a grandson, Timothy Paul Berry of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Lee Berry; son, David & Linda Berry of Battiest, Okla.; daughter, Rhonda & Mike Matheny of Lamesa; son, Daniel & Jackie Berry of Sterling City; son, James & Phyllis Berry of Gentry, Ark.; daughter, Ivy & Chuck Winkler of Vancouver, Wash.; and brother, James Robert Berry of Modesto, Calif. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Paul David & Angela Berry of Battiest, Okla., Deana & Jason Dowty of Battiest, Okla., Deah & Bradley Moody of Kaufman, Michael & Gina Matheny ; Mandy & Steven Pena of Snyder, Dwayne Berry of Lubbock, Deana Berry of Lafayette, La., Justin Berry of Sterling City; Lynnsey and Tim McDermot of Akerly; James & Jian Berry of New York, Rebecca & Jason McCrory of Bentonville, Ark., Jenny Bates Rouse of Vancouver, Wash., Jessica Postel of Vancouver, Wash., Joseph Bates of Vancouver, Wash., and 32 great grandchildren.