Weldon Ray “Speed” Berry, 89, of Morrisvale met his Saviour face to face on the morning of September 26, 2022. He was born September 17, 1933 to the late Everet and Edna Berry. He was the husband of Patricia Dotson Berry. She had been waiting for him in Heaven for the last five years. He chose to be the dad he didn’t have to be and together they raised five children Bobby, Brenda, Jimmy, Gary, and Mary.
Speed spent his life teaching others the value of hard work and integrity. In fact, he earned his name of “Speed” as a teenager because he was the fastest man on the job. He was a jack of all trades. He had worked in construction, timber, and in the mining industries.
Speed loved people and would do anything to help anyone. He always had a good story for anyone that would listen. He loved to just sit on the porch and visit. He loved his children and grandchildren most of all.
He accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour in September 1993. He then became a member of Maple Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He was a faithful member for many years.
Speed was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Patricia, his parents Everet and Edna Berry, sons Bobby and Jimmy, son-in-law Bobby Jackson, brothers Darrell and Hassel Berry, sisters Hazel and Dottie, granddaughter Natasha Berry, and great grandchildren Devine Jackson, Noah Berry, and Nevaeh Summers.
Those left to cherish his memory and the many things he taught include his daughters Brenda Jackson and Mary (Marvin) Journell, son Gary Berry, daughter-in-law Christy Berry, grandchildren Jason (April), Michael, BJ, Ryan, Tina, Michael, Trinity, Wayne, Dale, Matthew, Jasmine, and Scotty, great grandchildren Blake, Brook, Brinlee, Karley, Shealyn, Preston, Shane, Chris, Justin, Breanna, Aiden, Justice, Paul, Henry, Je Anna, Keagan, Chris, and Gaige, brothers Randy, Don, and Lonnie, sister Annie, and special niece Katie McCallister who was more like a granddaughter. Speed is also survived by a multitude of nieces , nephews and friends, including his band of special friends and family that helped Brenda care for him; John, Keisha, Jojo, Shealyn, Preston, Breanna and "Bryant" (Ryan).
Their souls are reunited in Heaven and their bodies will be reunited on earth, as he will be buried by his wife at Stanley Cemetery, Mud River, WV.