Silas Curley Berry, 72, husband of Harry Mae Williams Berry, completed his journey to his eternal home on Sunday evening, March 13, 2011 at his residence. Born in Harleyville on August 23, 1938 as a twin to Virgil Berry and Willie Mae Bryant-Berry.
Silas joined Greater St. Paul A. M. E. Church in Harleyville at an early age. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army for a period of 2 years. After an honorable discharge, he relocated to New York in search of a career. There he was employed by the City of New York Fire Department as an emergency medical technician. He retired after 32 years of service when his health began to fail. During his stay in New York, he became a member of God’s Deliverance Temple, where he served as a Deacon and in many other capacities as God led him. Upon returning home to South Carolina, God led him and his family to join and become a member of Unionville A. M. E. Church, in which, he attended faithfully until his health deteriorated.
He leaves to cherish his undying love and precious memories: his wife of 45 years, Harry Mae Williams Berry; four daughters, Joanne Wilder of Sumter, Gwendolyn Berry of Queens, NY, Charline Berry of Brooklyn, NY, Pamela Berry of Middleton, NY; one son, Michael Berry of Brooklyn, NY; two grandchildren who were reared in the home, Clarence Williams of Brooklyn, NY, and Shaniqua Berry of the home; his twin brother, Paul (Cynthia) Berry of Bishopville; five sisters-in-law, Neola McLeod and Rosetta Williams of Bishopville, Loretta Gamble of Sumter, Carnell Wilson of Mayesville, Thelma Berry of Pittsburgh, PA; one brother-in-law, Jody Williams of Bishopville; a special niece, Chameka McLeod, who assisted in his care; fourteen grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p. m., Monday, March 21, 2011 from the Unionville A. M. E. Church, 1330 Swimming Pen Road, St. Charles with the Reverend Alvin E. Webb, pastor, eulogist.
The Family will receive friends at the home 122 St. Charles Road, Bishopville.
The procession will leave from the home at 1:25 p. m.
Floral bearers will be members of the Unionville A. M. E. Church Women’s Missionary Society.
Pall bearers will be Nephews.
Burial will be in the Unionville A. M. E. Church Yard Cemetery, St. Charles.