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Mr. Willie Frank Berryhill, 90 WWII Army Veteran, of Albany, Georgia departed this life Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Piedmont Newton Hospital, Covington, Georgia. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. from the Shiloh Baptist Church, 325 W. Whitney Avenue, Albany, Georgia. Interment will follow with Military Honors in the Riverside/Oakview Cemetery, 200 Cotton Avenue, Albany, Georgia.  His remains will lie in state at the church Saturday at 10:00 A.M. until the service hour.

Mr. 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.
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 Bob’s 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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  • Monday, March 27, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Meadows Funeral Home
  • Friday, March 31, 2017
    With deepest sympathy for your loss. We will all continue to keep Frank in our hearts. His memories will continue to make all smile when we think of him. God will support and strengthen all.
    ~ Aldean Simmons   Albany, GA
  • Saturday, April 01, 2017
    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Cherish the memories! God Bless!!!
    ~ Scedric and Leona Moss   Louisville, KY
  • Friday, March 31, 2017
    With deep sympathy for your loss, Frank will always have a special place in my Heart. Betty Williams
    ~ Betty Williams & family 31701   Albany, GA
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    I want to express my sincerest sympathy to the Berryhill family and friends because of losing Willie recently in death. When our loved ones fall asleep in death, the pain and grief seems unbearable. Our loving God Jehovah (Psalm 83:18) understands how we feel and he comforts us by means of his word the Bible. Psalm 34: 18 tells us: "Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." Jehovah invites you to throw all your burdens on him and he will sustain you in your time of grief. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are all guaranteed a resurrection. (John 5:28, John 6:40 and John 11:23-25) Also, Titus 1: 2 tells us this promise of a resurrection: "is based on a hope of the everlasting life that God, who cannot lie, promised long ago." Isaiah 26:19 "Your dead will live......And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life." Isaiah 25:8 "He will swallow up death forever. For Jehovah himself has spoken it." The Bible also enlightens us at Hebrews 2:14 "so that through his (Jesus) death, he (Jesus) might bring to nothing the one having the means to cause death, that is, the Devil." For more comforting scriptures please visit: http://bit.ly/1K38EFt. It has given me hope, strengthened my faith and helped me find the answer to Why? I know it will do the same for you. Again, the family is in my prayers and I offer my heartfelt condolences. Feel free to contact me if you wish at my email address; myranj@centurytel.net I appreciated reading about Willie being a spiritual man. Please watch this beautiful video (song 144) entitled "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" https://tv.jw.org/#en/video/VODChildren/pub-pksn_24_VIDEO
    ~ M J Jarmon