Curtis R. Berry

June 25, 1961 - April 6, 2004

Mr. Curtis R. Berry, age 42, of Plano, Texas passed away on April 6, 2004 at his home. He was born on June 25, 1961 to C. Curtis and Edith (Vaughn) Berry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On January 21, 2001, he married Anne Marie Lukken in Carrollton, Texas. He worked in Human Records for Odyssey Healthcare. He is survived by his wife, Anne; daughters, Peyton Vaughn Berry of Plano and Joni Ann Staton of Nebraska; soon to be expected son, Cameron Ross; mother, Edith Berry of Phoenix, Arizona; father, C. Curtis Berry of Glendale, Arizona; and 3 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM, Friday, April 9, 2004 in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with Charles Short officiating. Memorials may be made to the Curtis and Anne Berry’s Children’s Scholarship Fund at Bank One.

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I met Curtis at Showplace Lanes in Garland, Tx in about 1994. For the next year or so, we often bowled together and also became close friends. However, much to my misfortune, we lost touch with each other. Just yesterday, 3-14-07, I bowled with my family at Showplace Lanes in Garland which brought back many memories of Curtis. I asked about him at the front desk & that is when I learned that he had passed away. Through doing some internet research, I was able to confirm the truth of his passing in 2004. I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to his family. GOD BLESS YOU & REST IN PEACE CURTIS!!! ~Janis Seguin~ Janis Seguin, March 15, 2007 I remember the kind willingness with which Curtis shared his story of love and hope with us at the Texas Area Life Raft Group meeting for those coping with the GIST diagnosis. He displayed such love for Anne and his family, and we will surely miss his friendship. Kerry Hammett, March 8, 2006 From a fellow "Life Rafter"...I only got to spend a little time with Curtis before he was taken away from us. He made me feel like I had know him my whole life. I hurt for his wife and family. Jeryl Golden, March 7, 2006 We had the great pleasure of meeting Anne and Curtis at a Dallas Life Raft meeting last May. What a wonderful and unforgetable guy! Our thoughts and prayers are with Ann and the babies. Peace and Blessings to you. Silvia and Garry Steinhilber, March 7, 2006 Fellow Liferaft member. May God be with you and your family. Marty/Kathy Scharf Smithton,IL KathyandMarty Scharf, March 6, 2006 I too am a fellow life rafter and want to extent my sympathy to Curtis' family. I hope the happy memories will be with you forever and that you can draw strenght from them. Sincerely, Judie Bouldry Judie M. Bouldry, March 5, 2006 Curtis, May God rest your soul and bring your family peace. Bill Nichols-LRG. William E Nichols, March 5, 2006 We had one thing in common...The LifeRaft. I trust and pray that where you are now is a much better "LifeRaft". God Bless Peter Thomas, March 5, 2006 I am a (GIST) pacient and was a fellow Life rafter. God be with you curtis and be in peace now. love Catherine Catherine m Roberts, March 5, 2006 Although I did not know Curtis, I can tell by viewing his picture that he was a wonderful, happy man. My sincere condolences to Anne and the family. Peace to you Curtis and a healing heart to the family. I am a fellow GISTer from Indiana SUE BURKHART MUSE, March 5, 2006 To Ann & Family, we here in the Builder Review Department would like too send our condolences to you. You are in our prayers. For Hebrews 13:5 says "I will never leave you nor Forsake you." and Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Love, Calandra,Beverly,Demetria,Yolanda,Janey,Lynette,Heidi,Gwendolyn,Drew,Susan,Patricia, Steve Calandra Paul, March 5, 2006 From the Lasalle, Hawkins and Ragsdale Family we will miss him and we will have the family in our prayers! Curtis and I met 20 years ago and developed a strong friendship. We traveled and did yard work together as neighbors and good buddies. We often used the same barber and shared the same storg intest in automobiles. Through my encouragement, Curtis purchased a home next to mine. Often we visited about our kids and many other interest. He will greatly be missed by our families and me. Curtis could always be counted on if you needed assistance with anything. It was a joy to be is his presence and his attitude was alway pleasant! May GOD confort his family at this time and may they find peace in their memories of Curtis! Quintin Roderick Ragsdale, March 5, 2006 I had the pleasure of working with Curtis at Vista. I spoke with him often about his family (wife and unborn child). He was so excited about his life with Anne and even after he had been in the hospital for a while he managed to keep his spirits up. He never took a moment he had alive for granted, he was a true blessing to this world and will be truly missed. Anne, I will keep you and the kids in my prayers. May god always bless you and keep you safe and secure in his arms. Jennifer Ryburn, March 4, 2006 Thanks for all the help Curtis has given us through the years we will alway remember him and that big old smile that smelts your heart may GOD bless his family and his wife have big healthy son with a smile just Llike Curtis Odyssey of Beaumont Beaumont Beaumont, March 4, 2006 We only knew Curtis for a short time, but in that short time he touched our lives with his gracious smiles and his never ending kindness. He will be missed and not forgotten. We send our love and prayers to his lovely family. We thank God for the time we got to know Curtis and know he is at peace. Lorraine Allmaras, April 23, 2004 We were devastated to learn of Curtis's passing. May blessings flow for you, Anne, and the children. You will be in the hearts of your fellow Life Rafters. Melinda & John Poss, April 13, 2004 Another sober evening as I read of "some bad news", it happens all too often, our friends depart in twos. So tonight we send thoughts and prayers to Plano and to Venice, and curse the common thread we share, the dreaded cancer menace. As I sit before two flames, and sense their burning glow, I'll miss two Life Raft members who, I didn't even know. Yet somehow I knew their heart, the acceptance of their fate, Today will be a gentler day, the hour is getting late. A tribute to our fallen bros, would be a solemn vow, to fill each day with love and cheer, and live it in the "now". Don't wait to say the things you should to loved ones far or near, Share the greatest gift you have with those whom you hold dear. It is something that we have right now, a gift we cannot buy. And when its gone, its all used up, we live our life to die. So Frank and Curtis, I think of you as I type this little poem, and urge my friends to set things straight, this world is not our home. Don't waste this gift which you hold now, there is no gift to spare, Keep positive, your thoughts on good, and show someone you care. Let these two passings be a sign, to give us all a que, Life is too short for hurtful thoughts, the moments are too few. Today I'll share the greatest gift, God's precious fruit of vine, To those I know and love I'll give, the sweetest gift of time. Before I go, I'd like to say I've made my peace with all, and made the world a better place, before final curtains fall. I didn't know your Curtice, but from his photo, I can see why God inspired me to write this poem. May God bless you all and keep you safe this day and forever. Tom Overley, Toledo, Ohio Tom (guitarman335@msn.com)) Overley, April 8, 2004 It was an honor and pleasure to meet Curtis and Anne at a Life Raft Group meeting in February. Curtis' smile was so gentle, and his faith was strong. We are mourning here in Oklahoma City along with everyone else who was touched by this sweet man. God's blessings. Gary, Jani, and Linden DeHart, April 8, 2004 I worked with Curtis back in the bowling center days, and always enjoyed going to work because he made it fun. I'm gonna miss his laughing and joking and making everything seem better. Gail (Evans) Mayer, April 8, 2004 I will miss Curtis more than I can say. His smile, sense of humor and his kind way of dealing with people are traits many lack in todays world. He was a treasure. I will miss him dearly.We had the best conversations about children, my grandbaby and his Peyton and soon to be born son. My prayers are with Ann,Peyton and his entire family. Sheila R. Mann, April 8, 2004 Curtis was a member of our LifeRaft group in Dallas. I had the pleasure of meeting Curtis and Anne on Feb 7. My sincere sympathy to Anne and her family. May God Bless you and give you peace. Betty Arnett, April 8, 2004 I miss you Curtis, and was blessed to have called you not just my coworker but my friend, my partner in crime and confidant. I will think of you with fondness each time the Cowboys beat the Eagles. May God the Father bless your wife, your daughters, your son and your parents in your absence, and may they find the peace that is only found in Him through the blood of Jesus. Tim Ingram, April 8, 2004 My thoughts and memories of Curtis are too many to encompass on paper. Someone very wise once told me "no one ever truly dies unless you forget them". That's not likely to happen when you have known someone as special as Curtis Berry. While I will truly miss his wonderful wit, always tremendously up attitude, beautiful smile, intelligence, and sincerity, Curtis will be remembered and I will smile with every memory. Very Sincerely, "The Bottom Feeder" (private joke) Jo E. Lowry, April 8, 2004 May God bless you and your family during your time of sorrow you. I'll miss laughing and talking to Curtis here at Odyssey. I'll always remember him in my heart. Anne my family will keep you and your family in our prayers. CHARLOTTE FULLER, April 8, 2004 Some times you meet someone that you don't know for very long and they end up touching you more than someone you have known your whole life. That was Curtis. He was such a special man that while suffering with his own pain he was still able to make my day brighter over 1,200 miles away in Richmond, VA. My prayers and sympathies to his friends and the entire Berry family. Eileen Tortoriello, April 8, 2004 Forever etched in my heart is Curtis' laughter, smile, strength, desire to do his best, but most of all, his pride and love for his family. Anne and family: May God grant you peace of heart, always and forever. Iris Hall, April 7, 2004 Curtis, was a wonderful christian man. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone.A world without Curtis a part of it, will be a much less happy place, but all of heaven is rejoicing because one more of Gods blessed children have come home and are completly and forever healed and whole, never a tear again will be shed because of hurt or pain. Curtis, I miss you my friend, but our loss is your gain.. See You again one day with our Lord God... Carla Colvin.. Carla V. Colvin, April 7, 2004 The Odyssey office of Cincinnati send their love & prayers to Curtis's family Donna Russell, April 7, 2004 Curtis was a joy to work with at Odyssey. He will surely be missed by all. God Bless Brenda K Eakin, April 7, 2004 Peace and blessings be with you and your family. Janice Johnson, April 7, 2004 Curtis- I will never forget your cheerful attitude and that infectious smile. We are blessed to have known you. Alice St Amand, April 7, 2004 I had the pleasure of working with Curtis through Birmingham Odyssey. He was friendly, courteous and always helpful. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this time. Sheila T Sargent, April 7, 2004 Curtis was a great helpful person and he will be missed by all. Elena Verdugo, April 7, 2004 I will always remember Curtis as a person similar to myself because he liked to make people laugh. Sadie C. Young, April 7, 2004 Curtis always brought smiles and laughs to our work place at Odyssey. We all love him very much and will miss him dearly. Peace and blessings from Our Lord to his wife, children and family. Lisa Diane Razmjookhah, April 7, 2004 Curtis was a wonderful person I will always admire and miss him May god bless his Family and sun sines down his his family every day with the wonderful memories they have of him Audrey Louise Pitre, April 7, 2004 Although I did not know Curtis Berry personally, he was a member of our Odyssey Team & I wanted to offer my prayers & support to his entire family. I'm Office Manager of the new Jackson, MS. office. Martha N Powell, April 7, 2004 I was blessed by meeting Curtis through our employer. Curtis supported our entire Odyssey Austin Team, his smile is contagious. His love of his family, his courage, his care and compassion, and his expertise in the Human Resource area will forever be remembered and appreciated by all of us whose lives he touched. May God comfort his family at this time and may they find solace in their memories of Curtis. Susan Willett, April 7, 2004 Curtis was a wonderful person with a big heart. He had a great outlook on life and was always joyful. He will be greatly missed by the Atlanta Team & the entire Odyssey family. Our love and prayers are with his family and loved ones. Eric Arthur Williams, April 7, 2004 A wonderful laugh, always courteous, professional and a gentleman. I will miss my Odyssey HealthCare co-worker. Brenda Nola, April 7, 2004 I work for Odyssey Healthcare/St. Louis and had the pleasure of speaking with Curtis on several occasions. He will be missed by all of us who knew him. We will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers. Linda S Heseman, April 7, 2004 Curtis - we will always remember you and love you!!!! Jamie Stewart, April 7, 2004 My god be with you and your family. Joyce (J.C.) McKinley, April 7, 2004 Your prayers are with us from the Moore Family. God Bless Rochelle Martin-Moore, April 7, 2004 Curtis was a joy to work with -- that great big smile and ready chuckle -- you just had to smile with him! When Curtis was in the hospital, he called me every morning to let me know that he would not be coming to work! When you were with Curtis it was impossible to be sad......even in his last days. He will be missed. Beverly Scoggins, April 7, 2004