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Rush Halbert Berry
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Birth: Jun. 22, 1884
Texas, USA
Death: May 11, 1953
Waco
McLennan County
Texas, USA

Texas Death Index #26319
Married, White, Male of 3528 Austin Ave., Waco, Texas.
Vice President of a Furniture Company killed during the Waco Tornado of 1953.

Son of Laban Thomas Berry and Emma Louise Payne.




OBITUARY:
The Waco News-Tribune, May 14, 1953, Pg 1

DOUBLE FUNERAL SATURDAY FOR RUSH, ED BERRY
Double funeral services for Rush Halbert Berry, 68, and Laban Edward Berry, 45, father and son, civic, business, and church leaders of Waco, are scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Columbus Avenue Baptist Church.

The two men were victims of Monday's tornado which also took the lives of many employes at the R. T. Dennis and Co. furniture store which they managed.

Rush Berry came to R. T. Dennis and Co. in 1911 as a bookkeeper. In the early 20's he was advanced to vice president, a title he held until his death Monday.

He was a big worker in Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club affairs for many years and served before that time as one of the best boosters of the Young Men's Business League which served Waco as a chamber of commerce for many years.

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Rush Berry organized the first church orchestra ever formed at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in 1921. His further music interests kept him active at one time as a member of the board of directors of the Waco Symphony Society and as a member of the Waco Civic Music Association.

During World War I he was director of the Liberty Bond sales for McLennan County and toured practically every community in the county with the band from Camp MacArthur boosting the bonds.

Rush Berry was a Mason, a member of Fidelis Lodge No. 1127 here. He was a deacon in the Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. He was a charter member of Ridgewood Country Club and the Fish Pond.

His widow is the former Miss Maude Dennis of Waco, whom he married in 1905.

Edward Berry was a member of the Waco school board. He was born in Waco, attended schools here, and graduated from Texas A. and M. College in 1929 with majors in agriculture and marketing.

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He went to work for a cotton company in Waco and later was transferred to Houston where he stayed until 1939 when he returned to Waco to become secretary and general manager of R. T. Dennis and Co., a title he held at his death.

He was the chairman of the building committee which successfully provided for the recent expansion of the Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, where he, too, was a deacon and was superintendent of the Sunday school.

He was a member of Gurley Masonic Lodge No. 337 here, and was a member of the Hillcrest Hospital board.

During World War II, Ed Berry served in the U.S. Navy and at the time of his death was an officer in the Naval Reserve.

Dr. W. W. Melton, pastor of the Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, will officiate at the funeral services. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Surviving Rush Berry are his widow; three daughters, Mrs. Ted L. Edward of Austin, Mrs. N. J. Mainer of Columbus, Mrs. N. J. Clayton of Waco; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Surviving Ed Berry are his widow; his mother, Mrs. Rush Berry; one son, Edward Berry, Jr. of Waco; one daughter, Betty Rush Berry of Waco; three sisters, Mrs. Edward of Austin, Mrs. Mainer of Columbus, and Mrs. Clayton of Waco.
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FUNERAL NOTICE:
The Waco News-Tribune, May 15, 1953

RUSH HALBERT BERRY and LABAN EDWARD BERRY
Rush Halbert Berry, age 68, of 3528 Austin Avenue and Laban Edward Berry, age 45, of 115 Karem Road, father and son, died Monday afternoon in the tornado.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church with Dr. W. W. Melton officiating; burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Rush Berry's survivors: His widow; three daughters, Mrs. Ted L. Edwards of Austin, Mrs. N. J. Mainer of Columbus, Mrs. R. L. Clayton, Waco; five grandchildren, Bob Clayton, Ted Edwards, Jr. of Austin, Betty Rush Berry, Waco, Edward Berry, Jr., Waco, Nick Mainer of Columbus, two great-grandchildren, Lee Clayton III, Waco and Martha Lynn Clayton, Waco.

Mr. Ed Berry's survivors: His widow, his mother, Mrs. Rush Berry, Waco; one son, Edward Berry, Jr., Waco; one daughter, Betty Rush Berry, Waco; three sisters, Mrs. Ted L. Edwards of Austin, Mrs. N. J. Mainer of Columbus, Mrs. R. L. Clayton, Waco.

Compton Funeral Home, 1024 Austin Avenue, phone 4-1441.
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CEMETERY/TOMBSTONE:
Oakwood Cemetery, Block 9, Lot 16, Pg. 110
Waco, McLennan Co., TX

Berry, Rush Halbert June 22, 1884 - May 11, 1953
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Rush Halbert BERRY ANCESTRAL RECORD:

Paternal:
(1) Labon Thomas BERRY and Emma PAYNE;
(2) John L. BERRY and Siddie A. E. KING;

Maternal:
(1) Emma PAYNE and Labon Thomas BERRY;
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Ref: Berry Bible and conversations of the Older Berry Folks information remitted by Nancy M. Berry and received May 14, 1997; McLennan Co., TX Cemetery Records Vol. III, compiled by John M. Usry; Published by Central Texas Genealogical Society, 1717 Austin Avenue, Waco, TX 7670l; copywrite 1979 and Newpaper stories remitted by Peggy S. Duty, Volunteer, Central Texas Genealogical Society, Waco-McLennan County Library, 1717 Austin Avenue, Waco, TX 7670l received July 22, 1999 and August 18, 1999; 1930 TX Census located by Paid Subscription by Merrie Lynn Frame Rue Smith at Internet Web Site: http://www.ancestry.com on February 27, 2003; 1900 TX Census located by Paid Subscription by Merrie Lynn Frame Rue Smith at Internet Web Site: http://www.ancestry.com on January 20, 2005; 1920 TX Census located by Paid Subscription by Merrie Lynn Frame Rue Smith at Internet Web Site: http://www.ancestry.com on January 20, 2005; World War I Draft Registration Card located at Internet Web Site: http://www.ancestry.com on January 20, 2005; 1910 TX Census located by Paid Subscription by Merrie Lynn Frame Rue Smith at Internet Web Site: http://www.ancestry.com on January 20, 2005 
 
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 Parents:
  Laban Thomas Berry (1850 - 1918)
  Emma Payne Berry (1848 - 1927)
 
 Spouse:
  Maud Myrtle Dennis Berry (1885 - 1975)*
 
 Children:
  Lucy Imogene Berry Clayton (1906 - 1993)*
  Laben Edward Berry (1907 - 1953)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Waco
McLennan County
Texas, USA
Plot: Block 9, Lot 16
 
Created by: Mark Dutton
Record added: Feb 24, 2011
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Rush Halbert Berry
Added by: Mark Dutton
 
Rush Halbert Berry
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- Mark Dutton
 Added: Feb. 24, 2011
 
 
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