Rickie Dewayne Berry, age 27, of Elizabethton, passed away unexpectedly Monday, December 5, 2016. Rickie was a lifelong resident of Carter County, and had worked as a diesel mechanic. He loved spending time outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Rickie was preceded in death by a cousin, Hunter Markland; a grandfather, Charles Berry; a step-grandfather, Jack Berry; a great-grandmother, Berdie Richardson; a great-grandfather, James Floyd Markland; a step-great-grandmother, Magdaline Walker; and a great uncle, Jimmy Markland.
All who knew Rickie knew he was a wonderful father to his son, Rickie Dewayne Berry, Jr. whom he adored more than anything. In addition to his son, Rickie is survived by his mother and step-father, Kim Renee Markland Bowling and Rickie Bowling, and his father and step-mother, Rickie Gene and Rachel Berry, all of Elizabethton; three brothers, Josh Berry, Dylan Berry, and David Berry, all of Elizabethton; his fiancé, Megan Victoria Guy of Elizabethton; his grandparents, David and Nioka Markland of Butler, Leon and Sue Montgomery, and Jean Berry all of Elizabethton; his step-grandfather, Dale Ward of Elizabethton; his aunts and uncles, Heather and David Odom of Elizabethton, and David and Heather Markland of Boones Creek; and a special nephew, Jace Berry of Elizabethton. Several cousins and his special friends, Robert “Boo” Coleman, Robbie Burchfield, Brian Williams, and Bodie Gwaltney, all of Elizabethton, also survive.
A Celebration of Life service for Rickie Dewayne Berry will be conducted at 7:00 PM on Friday, December 9, 2016 at First Free Will Baptist Church of Elizabethton with Pastor Nathan Jennings officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the church prior to the service.
A graveside service for Rickie will be conducted at 11:00 AM Saturday, December 10, 2016 in the Taylor Cemetery. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the First Free Will Baptist Church Saturday at 10:00 AM to travel in procession to the cemetery. Active pallbearers will be David Berry, Dylan Berry, Scooter Berry, Robert “Boo” Coleman, Mitchell Estep, and Brian Williams. Honorary pallbearers are Josh Berry and Shaun Isaacs.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family and viewed by visiting our website at www.tribute-services.com. Tribute Funeral and Cremation Services of Elizabethton is honored to serve the family of Mr. Berry. 423-518-1556.