Mr. Willie Frank Berryhill passed. Mr. Willie Frank Berryhill was born on January 18, 1927 to the late James Berryhill and Versaree Jones Berryhill in Smithville, GA. He was one of nine children. He passed away on March 25, 2017 at the age of 90 from a heart complication.
Willie attended Madison High School in Albany, Georgia and participated in multiple sports. He also completed some college courses at Albany State College. He served in the US Army and is a WWII veteran. Willie was also very active in the Civil Rights movement and participated in marches and protests across the South- east. He was also a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and served in the choir for a period of time.
On June 26, 1948, he was united in Holy Matrimony to Alberta Elizabeth Roberts and their union was blessed with seven children. They were married for 42 years until the time of her passing.
Willie was employed at Bobs Candies for 44 years, where he became the first African-American manager in the history of the company. He ended his tenure there as a Production Supervisor and was well respected in the company.
Willie was a very spiritual person and always sought to instill those same values in his children. He was a hardworking, loyal and dedicated father and family man. He stressed education and worked tirelessly to give his children the opportunity to succeed. In his leisure time, Willie enjoyed watching sports, reading, doing puzzles, and playing computer games. He is also well known for his BBQ ribs recipe and enjoyed time on the grill.
Willie Berryhill is preceded in death by his wife, Alberta, one child, Danetta Berryhill, three brothers, Chester, Pap and David, and two sisters, Lorraine and Virginia.
He is survived by six children, Willynne (Eddie, Sr.) Johnson, Ronald Berryhill, Michael Berryhill, Steven (Felicia) Berryhill, Timothy (Hurlaine) Berryhill, and Anthony (LaTonya) Berryhill, three sisters, Mildred Berryhill, Bernice (Clarence) Millener, Dot (Richard) Richardson, along with 15 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and a host of other cherished relatives and friends.
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