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Samuel Calvin Berry

December 17, 1924 - September 1, 2021

Samuel Calvin Berry of Lynchburg, Virginia went to be with his heavenly father on September 1, 2021.  He was born in Jonesville, Virginia on December 17, 1924.  Preceding him in death were his parents, Otway Owen and Nancy Myrtle Berry; his brother, Charles M Berry and Francis E Berry (Red); and his sister, Mary Katherine (Berry) Joyce.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Margaret Jean (Smith) Berry, sons, J Edward Berry and wife Amy of Troy, Va; David S Berry of Lynchburg, Va; and COL (USA, RET) J Douglas Berry and his wife, COL (USA, RET) Denise P Berry of Bedford, Va.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Stephanie Berry Sawyer; David S Berry Jr; Ryan E Berry and his wife Dr Elizabeth Berry; Racheal Berry Besecker and her husband Dustin Besecker; Jonathan D Berry Jr and his wife Lauren Lemon Berry; Jeremy D Berry and his wife Julie Jordan Berry; and Aidan J Berry.   Additionally, he is survived by nine great grandchildren, Taylor N Berry, Blake D Berry, Claire E Berry, Gwyneth S Besecker, Eli S Besecker, Maddox I Berry, Jacob C Berry, Luke R Berry and Liam D Berry.

After graduating from high school in Jonesville, Va., at the age of 18, he joined the U.S. Navy (1943-46). After basic training and medical training school, he became a Navy Corpsman, assigned to the Navy’s 7th Amphibious Assault Landing Force supporting the U.S. Marines aboard the U.S.S. Karnes APA 175.  During the Invasion of Normandy on June 6th, 1944, he landed with Army Forces as a Medic in the second wave on Omaha Beach.  Following service in the European Campaigns, he was reassigned back to the U.S.S. Karnes, participating in combat operations in Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Sasebo, the Philippines, Guam, and Tientsin, China.

After being discharged from the Navy, he attended and graduated from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va. with a bachelor’s degree in Education, followed by post graduate studies at Vanderbilt University (Peabody), Nashville, Tn. He taught elementary school, and high school biology and chemistry before becoming a high school principal for two years in Stickleyville, Va (Lee County).

In 1953 he joined Sperry Marine Systems in Bristol, Tn, serving initially as a human resources interviewer.  While serving with Sperry, he lived in Bristol, Tn; Abingdon, Va; Salt Lake City, Ut; Gainesville, Fl; and Charlottesville, Va.  After 36 years of dedicated service, he retired as the Worldwide Corporate Personnel & Labor Relations manager for The Sperry Corporation.

After retiring from Sperry, he went back to his roots of farming.  His passions were gardening, raising cattle and occasionally spending time on Norris Lake in Tennessee fishing and boating.  In recent years, he became less active and unable to participate in his passions, though he said he lived a long and productive life, praising God for all the many blessings He showed upon him.

There will be a memorial service with military honors at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg, at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 25, 2021. Visitation to follow service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the National D-Day Memorial, P.O. Box 77, Bedford, Va 24523.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

There will be a memorial service with military honors at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg, at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 25, 2021. Visitation to follow service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the National D-Day Memorial, P.O. Box 77, Bedford, Va 24523.

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Deepest sympathy and sincere prayers for you all in this time of grief. Condolences, Steve, Charity, and Jacob Wang

Posted by Steven Wang on October 4, 2021

I wanted to share something personal about Sam. In 1976 while working at Sperry Marine, "Mr. Berry" became my "boss". Over time, he also became my mentor when he encouraged me to continue my education at PVCC. Along this journey, Sam & Margaret became best friends - my husband and I visited them at their home in Afton - in Abingdon - in Richmond - and in Lynchburg! We had much fun together visiting with each other and sharing fun times with other Sperry best friends in our homes and in the Berry's home(s). Sam was a true Southern gentleman - he loved to get to know his neighbors and would keep a watchful eye out for those needing help. He loved sharing vegetables from his garden (after carefully washing them!). Over the years, Sam loved to stay in touch via phone calls...we will miss those and him. We feel blessed to have known Sam and to have shared his friendship. Our condolences to Margaret and the Berry family.

Posted by Kay Crute on September 8, 2021

He lived an amazing, interesting and full life! Sorry for the loss of your father. Love you both.

Posted by Liz Dawson on September 7, 2021

My heart is sad that I never met this American Hero! But I know his son Douglas thus I must know his dad! Both heroes for our country but to me heroes of my heart! Doug is the brother I never knew I had. We met and I have my best friend of a lifetime! As he has always been there for me, I am there for my brother! It is a sad day on earth but heaven is rejoicing to have gained a great man. Doug show me Jesus every time we talk, send quotes and messages of encouragement always! Wow! To know how awesome he his is to know how great of a man his father Is!! My heart and love is with you every second.

Posted by Gary Biscuit Davis on September 3, 2021

San was an amazing man who filled the lives of this who knew him with a zest for life and a wealth of knowledge about many topics. He and I spent many hours discussing politics and the current event topics of the day. He was quick to share his thoughts but welcomed a good discussion and debate. I was blessed to know and love him for more than 25 years. Rest In Peace , Sam. You lived and loved a good life serving God, country, family, friends and your local communities!!

Posted by Annie Campbell on September 2, 2021

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