Bethel Berry


Bethel Joan Berry was born January 13, 1936 in Caruthersville, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Bob Watkins and Mary Holder Watkins.

She departed this life in Caruthersville, Missouri on March 9, 2017.  She was 81 years old.

Bethel married Mr. James P. Berry in Caruthersville, Missouri on July 4, 1954.  They were the proud parents of 5 children.  Mr. Berry preceded her in death in 2007,

Bethel was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She cooked many meals for her family and also did a lot of sewing for them. She served as a Boy Scout den mother and also as a Girl Scout leader.  In addition she enjoyed bowling.  Bethel was a two time breast cancer survivor.

She was a member of the Eastwood Memorial United Methodist Church.

Survived by – Jimmy Berry and his wife, Barbara – Madison, MS

-Billy Berry – Caruthersville, MO

- Patricia Oatsvall and her husband, Jeff – Caruthersville, MO

8 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, 2 sons, Joe and Michael Berry, and a sister, Ethel Delleart.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. in the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.  Interment followed in Little Prairie Cemetery. 

Pall bearers:  Heath Conaway, Eric Maclin, Neil Essary, William W. Berry, Chris Carr, John Akridge

H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services.


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