Michael Stewart Berry, age 75, of Higden, Arkansas, passed away Friday, October 22, 2021 at the VA Hospital in Little Rock. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 13, 1946. He was the son of the late Jim Berry and Maurice Stewart Adams.
Mike was a quiet man with a loving heart who gave of himself to those around him. He was a man who enjoyed the simple things in life like a ride in the car to look at the leaves or a good home-cooked meal. He loved watching Nebraska football, and listening to talk radio in the car. He was attentive to details which played a role in his success as a great marketer and sales person. He was artistic and appreciated the beauty in life. He knew the ins and outs of fixing things, and was could always find his way around in the garage with his son, Adam, being the honorary flashlight holder. He was always able to navigate his way to destinations and had a story about each road he traveled. He was a man of many talents.
Mike dedicated his life to the service of his country. He began his life of service in the United States Marine Corps in 1965. He was deployed to Denang, Vietnam in 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division (Whatever It Takes) from 1966 to 1967 and fought on the frontlines. He was wounded in combat and returned home with a Purple Heart for his courageous acts. Semper Fidelis was his life's creed. He was a patriot in every aspect of life and lived believing once a Marine, always a Marine.
Family was always at the center and the heart of Mike Berry's life. He spent all of his time devoted to those he loved. Mike fiercely loved his family, and he always made sure that they never did without anything. His quiet presence was cornerstone of his love. He was the dad who brought home special treats for his kids, just because. He was the dad who attended games and coached the teams. He was the dad who held his baby girl when she cried and the dad who taught his son to hunt and to fish. He was the dad who would take his daughter shopping and would drive all over the countryside to see his family. He was the dad who would send flowers just to let you know he was thinking of you. His love was felt continually by his family. He was always a phone call away, and there were no lengths to which he wouldn't go to make sure those he loved were provided for and nurtured.
As much as Mike loved his kids, his grandkids were the apple of his eye. He made sure that his grandkids were loved beyond measure and spoiled just as equally. He was the Poppy who attended all of the functions at school and all of the sporting events. If he was ever too far away, he wanted to know all about how things went. He made sure that family vacations for the grandkids were a priority and wanted to see his grandbabies enriched in life. He loved to spend time with his grandkids, and he was ever so proud of their accomplishments.
To know Mike was to know a friend. He was a loyal and true friend, and he was always there to help in times of need. He loved going to deer camp with his best friend Jimmy. He always had a fun new story to tell about the wildlife and what was happening at deer camp. He loved to gather together with his friends and watch football and cookout. He enjoyed times with his service group in Conway. He would head to meetings with them looking forward to a good meal and good company.
Michael is preceded in death by his parents; and Paula Berry.
He is survived by his son, Adam Stewart Berry (Tara) of Fort Lee, Virginia; his daughter, Renee Smith (Jeff) of Edgemont, Arkansas; his step-father, Ronald Adams Sr. of Lincoln, Nebraska; one brother, Ron Adams (Ruth), of Hickman, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Alyssa Smith, Mandy Smith, Mallory Smith, and Lucas Berry; and extended family, many friends, and loved ones.
There will be a visitation at Sunny Slope General Baptist Church located at 2-66 Church Rd, Edgemont, Arkansas 72450 on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 1-2pm. The funeral service will immediately follow at 2 pm. The interment is at Sunny Slope Cemetery.
The Pall Bearers are Adam Berry, Jeff Smith, Warren Rogers, John Smittle, Jimmy Davis, and Matt Irwin. Honorary Pall Bearer: Walt Sutton
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