Randy J. Berry

Born in Flint, MI on August 26, 1958

Departed on April 18, 2020 and resided in Springfield, TN

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Randy J. Berry, age 61 of Springfield, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 18th, 2020 with his wife by his side.

Randall Jay Berry was born on August 26th, 1958 to the late RJ and Loretta Evans Berry in Flint, Michigan. Randy was in the United States Marine Corps from 1980 thru 1984. The Marines motto "Semper Fidelis" meaning “Always Faithful” was applied to all areas of his life as he was faithful to his Lord and Savior first and always faithful and devoted to his soul mate Ms. Wilma Jean Berry. They married on November 26th, 1993 proclaiming his unwavering love to his wife and their families. They enjoyed many outdoor adventures over the years traveling to places like Bledsoe Creek and Dale Hollow, camping underneath the stars. Cruising their Goldwing was a favorite pastime for Randy and Jean.

He was described as a funny and honest person that was also transparent, you always knew where you stood with him. Randy was helpful and had the heart of a servant, if you needed help or if something was broken, you called “Pop.” No matter the situation Randy was there not only to help, but also show you how. He wanted to build you up as a person and also teach you, that you can fix almost anything with the right tools and determination.

Randy and Jean enjoyed volunteering their time during the summer at church camp over a span of 15 years. He loved his Hillcrest Church of Christ family and was known as the “Candyman.” During church services Randy was a Greeter and would take attendance. While making his rounds he was known to help soothe a crying baby, at times taking them on a walk or rock them to sleep. He was a great baby whisperer and gave the best hugs to the older congregation.

Randy’s love came bursting from him in a way that you knew it without a shadow of a doubt. He wanted the people around him happy and would keep after you until he made your day better. This and his faithfulness to family will be just a few of the many memories they will treasure for years to come.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Slate Berry of 26 years; children, Ryan (Maho) Berry, Jayme Lynn Berry, and Elizabeth Smith; grandchildren, Cody (Brittany) Smith, Andrew Smith and Abbie Smith; great-grandson, Slader Smith and Randy’s siblings, Debbie (Jim) Schimbke, Lora Raymer, Jayson (Tabatha) Berry and a host of nephews and nieces.

A Life Celebration will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be made at www.SpringfieldFH.com. The family has requested in lieu of flowers- donations be made to one of the charities close to Randy’s heart:
-Happy Haven Children’s Home: 2311 Wakefield Drive Cookeville, TN 38501- http://www.happyhaven.org/donate.html
-Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc.: PO Box 111180 Nashville, TN 37222 –
https://secure-q.net/Donations/disasterrelief/10115 –
-Potters Children’s Home-2350 Nashville Road Bowling Green, KY 42101- https://potterministries.org/the-giving-page/#honor.

A private graveside service will be streamed at 2pm on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 at https://www.facebook.com/robertsoncountymemorialgardens/.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Cody Smith, Andrew Smith, Phil Slate, Stan Lillie, Jim Schimbke and John McDougal, Sr.

These arrangements were entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172: 615-384-5437.

11 Comments to Randy J. Berry

  1. Missy Sanders
    April 21, 2020 4:47 pm

    I am So sorry to hear of Mr. Randy’s passing. He was such a kind, giving, caring, and genuine person. Prayers to Jean and all of his family for comfort and peace. He had a true servant heart and will be deeply missed.

  2. Charles and Margaret Herndon
    April 21, 2020 4:54 pm

    Left here way too young, but there’s one more Angle in Heaven, Randy was loved by all and will be missed by everyone that ever known him.

  3. Tom and Carol Nicholas
    April 21, 2020 5:09 pm

    Randy, your love will be with us always. We are soothed by the memory of your laugh and your smile.

    Rest is peace my friend, my brother.

    Whenever Carol and I think of you we smile and our hearts are warm.

  4. Faye JACKSON
    April 21, 2020 8:43 pm

    Harold and I loved the Candy Man and looked forward to seeing his smiling face at the door. We were blessed to have known Randy. Our love to Jean and Jamie and the other two children.

  5. Brad Litchford
    April 22, 2020 9:22 am

    My family will miss Randy (the candyman) Berry tremendously. That smile, the greetings, helping folks off the bus, the list goes on and on. Mrs. Jean, Jayme and family, we are so sorry for your loss of Randy. We as a church family have lost a great man, friend and Brother in Christ. God bless you all.

  6. Ann & Wayne Wingo
    April 22, 2020 2:06 pm

    Randy and family were so special to Wayne and I. He will be missed by a lot of friends and family as he was always there with a smile and a hug. He had a spirit that lifted you up and you went away feeling better. Even though we haven’t been able to see him lately, it was a comfort just knowing he was here. An angel he is, I am sure

  7. Diane westling
    April 22, 2020 5:01 pm

    Met rj when Carol and Tom were married. From that time on mention his name and automatically a smile comes across, infectious spirit. Rest in peace.

  8. Jim and Shirley Orand
    April 22, 2020 10:41 pm

    Randy was such a dear Christian man and we all loved him. Hillcrest will miss all the things he did for all of us. We treasure having him for a friend. Our prayers are with all of you. Jim and Shirley Orand

  9. Melissa Sloan NDI
    April 23, 2020 11:24 am

    I will miss my special friend, my buddy. He always said he was “such a nice guy” because of Jean. Special people to the NDI family. He will be missed. Randy, until we meet again ~

  10. Connie Baker
    April 23, 2020 1:44 pm

    Randy was such a good Christian man. A great husband to Jean and loving father to his children. He loved ALL of his family! Loved when Randy greeted you at the door of Hillcrest. He was such a great help to me when Kenzee and Maddie were little girls. He and Phil made sure they headed to class while I parked the car! He was always friendly and liked to tease and have a good laugh! I have missed him at church in the last few months and will miss him in the future! Love to all! Connie Baker

  11. Cindy Warren
    April 23, 2020 2:00 pm

    Such a wonderful Christian Man! I will miss seeing him at Church holding the door for others to come in. Jean, my heart goes out to you all. Love you guys and look forward to the time i can give you all a big hug.

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