|Birth: ||Oct. 17, 1918|
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
|Death: ||May 29, 2012|
Charles F. Berry, Jr. was one of "the greatest generation" ľa veteran of WW II and the Korean War who helped shape his momentous time. He was born in Washington, D. C. October 17, 1918 to Margaret and Charles Berry. In 1943 he entered the U.S. Army Air Corp and flew B17's during World War II and B29's in the Korean War. He also flew in the Berlin Air Lift. Charlie loved the Air Force and made it his career, retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 1964. He was awarded numerous medals and citations including the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters.
In 1942 he met Doris Marie Crain who was visiting friends in Calif. Although she had another date that night, he flirted with her, and--as Doris asserted later--she"flirted right back." They were married in 1943 and traveled the world together in their military life. They made many dear, life-long friends in the Air Force and made the best of wherever they were stationed. Doris was a real trooper, and Charlie always laughed at her exploits. At one base where there was little to do when the men were gone, Doris and some other wives learned to play pool at the local pool hall where the owner kept a protective eye on the young women. Charlie laughed telling the story of his surprise as his pool-shark wife leaned over the table to sink ball after ball. Charlie and Doris began their life-long love of golf during these years.
Charlie served in many duty stations in the United States, Germany, Japan, and Hawaii. On one news-making-High-and-the-Mighty run, Charlie had to jettison cargo and gilded in on one engine to a California airport.
When Charlie retired from the Air Force, he returned to Houston to work at Texas Carpet Co. with his brother-in-law Charles Martin and later his nephew Bob Martin. He retired from the carpet business in the mid '80's to travel, party, and play golf with Doris and his many friends and family.
When Doris's health failed, he became a devoted care giver, learning whatever he needed to keep her comfortable and as well as possible for years. He kept her at home, and those times when she had to be hospitalized or in a nursing facility, he stayed with her every day. He was so knowledgeable about her care that health care workers called him Dr. Berry.
Charlie faced his own declining health with optimism and strength. After a stroke, his greatest regret was that he could no longer play golf; still, he traveled to Disney World last summer and fussed at his care-giver Gloria because she wouldn't let him go on a roller coaster. He always enjoyed a good party and hosted family and friends until the last few months of his life. We remember Charlie as a kind and generous man and a wonderful bon vivant-a great storyteller and listener who never lost his laugh.
Charlie is survived by his nephew Bob Martin and wife Janis, niece Nancy Neagle and husband Jack, nephew Michael Crain, and niece Carol Hagler. Grand nieces and nephews: David and Paul Martin, Carrie Neagle McKinley and Jack Neagle, Jr., Lindsey Crain, Lisa Hagler Shinkins, Julie Hagler Reger, Dana Hagler, Daniel Hagler and Joey Hagler and many great great nieces and nephews. In his last years, Charlie received loving care from his caregiver Gloria Dominguez and her lovely daughter Brittany.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Charlie's name may be made to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas, 77030-4123 or at www.houstonhospice.org.
Earthman Southwest Funeral Home
Doris Marie Crain Berry (1922 - 2000)
Created by: Elaine
Record added: Jun 01, 2012
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