Dawson Herald October 6, 1939; Vol.
35, No. 3, page 1, Col 2
Dawson Pioneer Died Monday Afternoon
Berry died at his home in Dawson at 3:45 p.m. Monday, after a week of critical
illness. Mr. Berry had been in ill health a number of years, but was able to be
up and about until Monday of last week, when he suffered a slight stroke of
paralysis, which with complications caused his death.
Berry, a son of G. M. D. and Mary Walker Berry, was born Feb. 27, 1871, near
where Dawson now stands, and has lived in and around Dawson all his life. The
major part of his life was spent in farming and dealing in livestock, buying
cotton and for a time was associated with his brother-in-law in the drug
business. He had been a member of the Methodist church many years, and was also
a member of the Masonic and W. O. W. lodges. In his younger days and before his
health began to fail him, he was very active in political and civic activities
of his county and town, it being his keen delight to get behind any event the
town wished to have and was always tireless in his efforts to make such things
successful. He served as Mayor of Dawson a number of years.
Sept. 2, 1891, he was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Mae Wyrick, and to the
union six children were born, two of whom died in infancy. Those surviving,
together with his wife, are Curtis Berry of this place, Mrs. R. M. Franklin and
Miss Agnes Berry of Childress and Mrs. W. H. Utley of Magnolia, Ark.
funeral service was held at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock,
J. Virgil Davis, after which burial was made in the
Dawson cemetery, in charge
of local undertakers Wolfe & Dobson. Active pall bearers were Joe Keitt,
Robert Hill, J. W. Norman, Ward Berry, Clint Lawrence and George Mount. Honorary
pall bearers: Henry Farmer, D. G. Simms, J. B. Hargis. J. F. Hagle, C.O. Weaver,
J. R. Graham, C. M. Newton, Edgar Davis, Joe Wheelock, Jim Garner.
FORMER MAYOR OF DAWSON, S.
BERRY, BURIED ON TUESDAY
DAWSON, Oct. 6.—Funeral services were held here Tuesday afternoon for S. Berry,
aged 68 years, who died Monday. He was a native of Dawson and was well-known,
having served as mayor of this community and was democratic precinct chairman
for many years.
Surviving are his wife, a son, Curtis Berry, Dawson; three daughters, Mrs. R. M.
Franklin and Miss Agnes Berry of Childress and Mrs. W. H. Utley, Magnolia, Ark.