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Mary Harvley Berry, 75, of Spartanburg, SC died Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at Spartanburg Regional Hospice House after a long battle with cancer. Born February 2, 1947 in Greenville, SC, she was the daughter of the late Guy Marion and Mary Locke Harvley. The family moved to Spartanburg when Mary was three.
She graduated from Spartanburg High School and then Columbia College with a degree in elementary education. Mary taught school in Charleston and at Jesse Boyd Elementary in Spartanburg.
Mary was the devoted wife of Dr. Roy Herbert Berry. Mary was the epitome of Southern grace and charm and had a beautiful smile. After catching each other’s eye at a Christmas party in 1971, Mary and Roy fell in love and were married on June 17, 1972. The remained deeply in love.
Mary and Roy loved to travel. She loved her trip to the Holy Land that she took with some of her many dear friends.
Mary loved First Presbyterian Church and she served as a deacon and a Stephen Minister. Mary Berry had a true servant’s heart. She participated in Bible study and often took meals to church members. She was a devotee of Wednesdays at First and attended many of the programs that followed.
Mary and Roy loved fly fishing and fished rivers from North Carolina to Idaho and places in between. She also enjoyed catching red fish along the South Carolina coast. Mary felt particularly close to God when close to nature. She always said a prayer thanking God for the opportunity to enjoy the amazing beauty of the water and the surrounding outdoors. She also prayed that Roy would catch a fish. Her other hobbies included needlework, reading and working in her garden.
Mary often volunteered in the community and helped build two houses for Habitat for Humanity. She delivered meals for Mobile Meals of Spartanburg until she could no longer drive. She was a sustaining member of the Junior League of Spartanburg and the Friendship Garden Club. She was a member of the Spartanburg Debutante Club.
For years, Mary and Roy were enthusiastic fans of Clemson football and Duke basketball. Mary loved preparing tailgate meals. After she and Roy could no longer make trips to the games in person, they enjoyed Mary’s tailgate meals watching the games on TV.
Her greatest love remained her family. She is survived by her husband, Roy Berry, her son, Dr. Jeff Matthew Berry (Becky), her daughter, Lindy Suzanne Berry; two granddaughters, Georgia Jean Berry and Josephine Collier Berry; a sister, Annette Rodgers of Charlotte, NC; and brothers, Guy Harvley (Joan) of Anderson, SC and Jimmy Harvley (Kay) of Greenville, SC.
Conducting the Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be The Rev. Dr. Alan Dyer and The Rev. Joanne R. Hull and at 2:00 pm Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg, 393 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302. Following the service, the family will receive visitors in the Perrin Room.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 393 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302; Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, P.O. Box 461, Spartanburg, SC 29304; or Spartanburg Regional Hospice House at Spartanburg Regional Foundation, P.O. Box 2624, Spartanburg, SC 29304.
Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Starts at 2:00pm (Eastern time)
First Presbyterian Church (Spartanburg, SC)
First Presbyterian Church Perrin Room
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