Tommy Louis Berry received the call home to Heaven on March 27, 2021. The call was received with joyful clarity for there are no hearing aids in Heaven.
Born November 12, 1934 to Elmo and Mildred Berry in Sinton Texas, Tommy was the third of five children. Tommy excelled in multiple sports in high school for which he would be offered scholarships to play at Texas Christian University among others. Upon graduating however, he would forgo these offers to join the United States Army. As he felt it his patriotic duty, Tommy served in combat as an Army Engineer and Communications Specialist during the Korean War.
On New Years Day 1954, Tommy married his high school sweetheart Millie McKandles Burton. They were blessed with 5 children; Becky, Tammy, Sandy, Misty and Randy. In 1958, the family was transferred by Tommy’s petroleum company to Venezuela. After many years in Venezuela, Tommy was radically saved by Jesus Christ and his life was never the same.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. “
2 Corinthians 5:17
Tommy's job took him to many middle eastern countries training other engineers in the oilfield. During his time in Southern Iraq, as a Gideon, he was able to smuggle Bibles in their language. Upon retirement the Lord called Tommy and Millie into full time ministry in Venezuela. Tommy served as the pastor of The Union Church in San Tome and Bethel Baptist Church in Caracas. He also volunteered his time sharing the Gospel at La Planta Prison in Caracas. Tommy and Millie would serve in ministry for the next 15 years.
Tommy loved his family, friends, sports, a good history book or western novel, and his dog Poppie. Above all, he loved Jesus and would share the Gospel with anyone who would listen. He will be missed by all those who love him including countless pups who knew him to be good for a piece of cheese or part of a hot dog when they saw him.
Tommy Berry is preceded in death by his parents Mildred and Elmo Berry, brother Wilber Dean Berry, sister Wilma Berry McGill and grandson Chase Gill. He is survived by his wife Millie, his children Becky Betancourt and husband Vicente, Tammy Butler and husband Johnnie, Sandy Gill, Misty Crosby and husband Scott, and son Randal Berry; grandchildren, Brandon, Lisha, Karina, Jeremy, Jordan, Jenna, Blake, Kyle, Keleigh, Kasey, Karlie, Sam and Megan; 26 great grandchildren; a brother Donald Berry and sister Sue Berry Thormeyer.
“We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.”
A special celebration of life memorial service Tommy Louis Berry will be held Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 1:00pm at Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Houston National Cemetery.
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