Richard Ryan Berry, 32, of Tifton, passed away on Sunday, September 16, at his home following a lengthy illness.
Funeral services were held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Fred Evers officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Tifton. The body will lie in state at the church an hour before the service. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 18, at Northside Baptist Church.
Jason Berry, Brandon Stone, Scotty Stone, Blake Stone, Colby Mayers, Andrew Suarez, Eli Stone, Beth Spence, Neisha Richards, Autumn Richards, Katie Mayers, Maddy Lezert, Abby Hamrick, Liz Hamrick and Carrie Berry will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Nick McClellan’s Sunday School Class, Northside Baptist Church Choir, Rick Berry’s Sunday School Class, the staffs of TRMC Oncology Center and Georgia Power Co., and special friends Josh Pope, Tony Tucker and Ricky Roberson.
Ryan was born on August 26, 1980 in Augusta to his parents, Brenda Stone Berry and Richard Lee Berry, both of Tifton. He had lived in Tifton since he was nine years of age. Ryan graduated from Tift County High School in 2000 and he had helped to manage the football team. Ryan had worked with Lowe’s in Tifton and his dream job at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. He truly enjoyed music and was an active member of the Northside Baptist Church choir and while in school he was a member of the Tift County High School Chorus. His hobbies were attending Northside Baptist Church, Nick McClellan’s Sunday school class, growing flowers, and organizing fireworks shows for friends and family at every holiday possible. Ryan had a special talent of making people happy because he was always smiling and wanting to share with others.
In addition to his parents Ryan is survived by two brothers and sister – in – law, William Christopher and Nicole Berry, Colorado Springs, Co. and Benjamin Thomas Berry, Tifton; maternal grandmother, Velma Stone, Baxley and paternal grandmother, Mae Berry Newsome, Thomasville; uncles and aunts, R. L. and Diane Stone, Mickey and Gay Stone, all of Baxley, Stanley and Joan Stone, Vidalia, Sandra and Al Suarez, Macon, Lynnette and Norman Moseley, Jesup, Tom and Debra Berry, Thomasville, Gail and Jim Hamrick, Garner, N.C. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Richard Stone, paternal grandfather, the Rev. Bill Berry and an aunt, Katherine Stone.
Flowers will be accepted, or donations may be made to The Tree of Life, Hospice of Tift Area P.O. BOX 747 Tifton GA 31793-0747, Northside Baptist Church Building Fund 4605 Murray Avenue Tifton, GA 31794