- Cullman, Alabama

March 8, 2013

Annie Loraine Berry


SULLIGENT — Annie Loraine Berry

Loraine Berry of Academy Road, Sulligent, Alabama was born Annie Loraine Anderson on September 8, 1916, in Prentiss County, Mississippi to Audie Anderson and Lucy (Bolton) Anderson. She was the fourth of eight children, 5 boys and 3 girls. She graduated from Thrasher High School in 1935. Loraine worked in Booneville living at a local boarding house when a young trucker stopped for the night. His name was Victor Berry currently residing in Jasper, Alabama working for a tanning company. On January 11, 1940, Loraine and Victor were married in Booneville, Mississippi and moved to Jasper where they shared a small duplex with another newlywed couple, Erbin and Malbert Gardner. Victor and Erbin were first cousins and these two couples would enjoy a lifelong friendship, the Berry’s eventually having five sons and one daughter and the Gardner’s having four sons and one daughter. While in Jasper, two sons were born to Victor and Loraine, Thomas and Glenn. Soon afterward, Victor moved the family to the vicinity of Academy Church in the Molloy Community 7 miles west of Vernon. Here, they would reside the remainder of their lives rearing their children on a 40 acre farm and supplementing their farming income with trucking, scrap iron, and junk batteries. In addition to raising the children, Loraine worked for a short time at McCoy Manufacturing in Vernon. Once the children were grown she sat with the elderly and worked at the Convalescent Center. Loraine was a long time member of Mount Olive Church of Christ.

Loraine was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Berry, one son, Glenn Berry, one grandson, Shawn Berry, one great-grandson, Billy Jack Hollinger, her father, Audie Anderson, her mother, Lucy (Bolton) Anderson, 3 brothers, Bryan Anderson, Harvey Anderson, and Rex Anderson, and 2 sisters, Ora Bell Anderson and Zera Duggar. She is survived by one daughter, Betty Mordecai (Robert) of Millport, Alabama; 4 sons, Thomas Berry (Janice) of Cullman, Alabama, Audie Berry (Kayo) of Jacksonville, Florida, David Berry of Vernon, and Daniel Berry (Patricia) of Birmingham; one daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Berry, 5 grandsons, Ken Berry, Gary Hayes, Keith Hayes, Scott Berry, and Christian Berry; 7 granddaughters, Tonya Berry, Kelly Kessler (Will), Bronwyn Wiggins (Ricky), Brooke Pember (David), Sandra Simmons, Amber Berry, and Kaycee Berry; 3 great-grandsons, Holden Hayes, Austin Hollinger, and Piersen Pember; 4 great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn Kessler, Ashley Hayes, Morgan Funderburk, and Allison Hayes; two brothers, A. E. Anderson and Dennis Anderson, one sister-in-law, Era Anderson, and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and relatives.