Obituaries

Otis Berry, Sr.
1948-2021

Otis Berry, Sr. of Whitney passed away December 24, 2021, at the age of 73.


Otis was born in Waco November 2, 1948. He was raised in the Waco area where he met and married his wife, Evelyn. The two were married for 53 years and had two sons. Otis bravely served his country in the United States Marine Corps for many years, completing two tours of duty to Vietnam. He loved music and was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps Band. He enjoyed fishing, boating and spending time on the lake.


Otis was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Nettie Berry; brothers, Walter Hardin and Robert Hardin; and his sister, Martha Berry Spears.


He is survived by: his wife, Evelyn Berry of Whitney; sons, Otis Berry, Jr. and fiancé Arianna Ganci of Whitney; and Christopher Berry Sr., and wife Julie of Gatesville; two brothers, Johnny Berry and Jessie Berry; and two sisters, Lenora Hardin and Annette Berry, all of Waco; seven grandchildren, Christopher Berry, Jr., Totianna Berry and fiancé, Daryl Anderson, Mariah Berry and boyfriend, Matthew Lee, Kolbie Davis, Eli Berry, Jude Berry and Zane Berry; five great-grandchildren, Izayah Wiggins, Isaac Caffee, Cassius Anderson, Faith Anderson and Madelyn Lee; as well as several nieces and nephews.


David. L. King 1963-2022

David L. King went home to be with the Lord January 6, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family.


David was born March 10, 1963, to Dale and Virginia King in Stafford, Kansas. His family moved to the east side of Houston, Texas in 1972. He was a Channelview High School graduate in 1981, then entered into the Army five days later. After the Army, he returned home and became a volunteer firefighter, and he then went to work at the refineries as a sandblaster and painter. David married the love of his life, Rachel Marcantel, on May 1, 1987. They made their life in Galena Park.


As a dad, he was never a sideline viewer in his children’s lives. He wouldn’t just sit and watch an event his children were in, he had to become involved himself. When they played t-ball, he was a coach, then an umpire. When the Boy Scouts went camping, he was there, from archery, hiking and cooking to snipe hunts. When his daughters had dance recitals, he was there all day from dress rehearsal to entire performance recording the day. He didn’t want to miss out on any memories with his family.


He became a nurse in 1993; in 2003 his job relocated the family to the Waco area. He devoted his career to geriatrics and loved it when he could get someone to smile or play. He had the gift to bring out the inner child in an elderly person.


He enjoyed being outdoors and loved hunting, fishing and camping. Some of his hobbies included playing softball, working in the garden, woodworking in his shop, or doing anything on the farm. David was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His family was always his first priority, after God.


Preceding him in death were both his parents and his younger brother, Loren Douglass King. He leaves behind: Rachel, his wife of 34 years; his son, Joshua, and grandsons, Dorian and Cameron; his oldest daughter, Jessica, and grandkids Alexis and Jaden; and his youngest daughter, Janetha, and grandson Levi. He also leaves holes in the hearts of many cousins, friends and extended family.


Family received family and friends Thursday, January 13, at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Funeral services were held Friday January 14, 2022, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.


Barbara Evelyn (Barham) Athey, 1943-2022

Barbara Evelyn (Barham) Athey of Whitney passed away peacefully Sunday, January 9, 2022. She had just turned 78 years old on December 30, 2021. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 12, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro with Pastor Robert Wilkerson officiating. Burial was at the New Woodbury Cemetery in Woodbury.


Barbara was born December 30, 1943, to Granville and Louise (Crouch) Barham in Hillsboro. She graduated high school in Hillsboro and attended Hill College. In June 1963, Barbara married Gerald Athey. They were married for 58 years. After their marriage, they relocated to Arlington, where Barbara began working for UT Arlington Vandergriff Buick and Chevrolet. In 1969, she went to work for Lockheed Martin and worked there until she retired in 1999. After retirement, Barbara worked her “fun jobs” like dress shops and Blue Bell Ice Cream.


Barbara loved working outside, fishing catch and release, and watching old movies. She was a faithful member of Bethel Bible Church, where she lovingly served in many capacities. The family would love to thank the hospice staff for their love and care.
Barbara was preceded in death by: her parents; sister, Janice Herrin; and brother-in-law, Butch Herrin.


Barbara is survived by her loving husband, Gerald Athey; son, Tommy Athey; several nieces and nephews.


Memorials may be made to Bethel Bible Church: 261 HCR 1262 Whitney, Texas 76692.
Condolences may be made online at http://www.marshallandmar shallfd.com.