Alice E. Berry, the daughter of Sylvester and Flossie (Stewart) Berry, was born May 25, 1933 in Princeton.


Having professed a hope in Christ at a young age, she was baptized and became a member of Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church. Later she became an active member of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist church where she served as president of the Senior Usher Board, sang in the Choir, and ministered in the Missionary Society. 


She began her education at Lyles Station School.  She attended Lincoln High School until the public school system was desegregated resulting in her being among the first graduates of the newly integrated Princeton High School in 1951.  She continued her education by attending Lockyear Business College and Tri State Hair Academy.


A lifelong resident of Princeton, Alice worked as a domestic, a clerk at the Gibson County Courthouse, and Whirlpool. She also was employed by Hurst Mfg. until poor health caused her to retire. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, two brothers, Luther and Fred C. Berry Sr., and a sister, Velma Wilkerson.


Alice departed this life on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the age of 79 years, four months, and thirteen days while hospitalized at Gibson General Hospital.


She leaves to cherish her memories a daughter, Valgenia McCray and a devoted grandson Bill McCray, two sisters, Anna Geraldine Hester and Edna L. Wright, one sister-in-law, Ada Berry, a foster sister Debra Swope of New Jersey, one foster brother, Shelby Barnes of Nevada, a goddaughter, Elizabeth (Rev. Floyd) Edwards of Anderson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and friends.


Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, officiated by Rev. Rodney Coffer, with eulogist, Dr. Floyd Edwards, Sr. Burial will be at Sand Hill Cemetery in Princeton


Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. on Friday at Colvin Funeral Home.