James “Mason” Berry, 19, of Jasper, passed away as the result of a tragic automobile accident on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.
Visitation will be held today, Oct. 1, 2017, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Kilgore-Green Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Jasper. Berry will lie in state from noon to 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Walker Memory Gardens. Adam Hicks and Bryan Miller will officiate.
Mason was a graduate of Walker High School and was currently a student at the University of Alabama. He was the only son of Bryan and Renae, and he filled that role with no complaints and a sense of humor and responsibility. His pure, loving heart has touched many lives. His contagious laughter was blessed by many a soul. He was a bright young man who enjoyed spending time with his family, his girlfriend and friends. He was excited to be pursuing his love of meteorology through his upcoming internship with CBS 42.
He loved being outdoors, playing soccer, hiking, kayaking and just hanging out. His sisters were a very important part of his life, and he never hesitated to give his time to help with them. His parents taught him to love life and always value family, time spent together and the outdoors. He dreamed of some day hiking the Appalachian Trail, and he wanted to start a national parks hat collection. He was a dreamer of dreams with a promising future. Bryan and Renae instilled in him a sense of awe at the beauty of the outdoors.
Mason gave of himself, of his time and energy, to enjoy life and those around him. He will be sorely missed. He grew up as a member of Jasper’s First United Methodist Church, where he learned of God’s love for him. His Christian faith ran deep and strong, as he knew God was with him.
Berry was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Horace Mason Appling and James Wilson Berry.
He is survived by his parents, Bryan and Renae Appling Berry; sisters, Morgan, Amelia Kate “Mia Kate” and Maddy Berry; girlfriend, Hannah Wadsworth; grandmothers, Carolyn Appling Satterwhite (John) and Linda Berry; uncles, Michael Appling (Shawn), David Appling (Nicole) and Patrick Berry; aunt, LeAnn Rivera (Ed); cousins, Brandon Appling, Katelyn Appling, Rachel Appling, Kacey Rivera, Jackson Rivera and Ava Rivera; special little brother, Brodie Wadsworth; and a host of great aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mason’s memory to Show Hope or Maria’s Big House of Hope.
Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Jasper; (205) 384-9503