The funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 31, 2015 at St. John Baptist Church, 224 East Allen Street, Leslie, Georgia. The Reverend George Edge, pastor of Restoration Church, will officiate. Interment will follow at the Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Highway 118, Leslie, Georgia. Public viewing will be held at the church an hour before service only.
Deacon Berryhill was born July 6, 1954 in Sumter County, Georgia to the parentage of the late Eddie Will Berryhill and Martha Ford Berryhill. He was a 1973 graduate of Union High School of Leslie, Georgia. In 1974, he acquired his Auto Mechanic Degree from South Georgia Technical College. He was employed with Citizen Telephone Company of Leslie, Georgia as a Cable Splicer since November 8, 1976.
At an early age, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and joined the band of Christian believers at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Reverend Ulysses Brown. Eddie was later ordained as a Deacon. In 2010, he joined the Prevailing Word Ministry, under the leadership of Minister Marian Robinson, where he continued to serve on the Deacon Board Ministry.
Deacon Berryhill was married to Cheryl Kearse Berryhill for twenty-six years, and to this union they were blessed with three children, ten grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
He leaves a legacy of loved and cherished memories to his beloved family, including the following: three children and their spouses, Vincent (Lakeisha) Kearse, Americus, Georgia, Tomeka (Craig) Sutton, McDonough, Georgia, and Eddie James Berryhill, Jr., Houston, Texas; ten grandchildren, Deangelo Kearse, Denisha Kearse, Kabren Kearse, Breyanna Kearse, Shaquaja Washington, Aaron Kearse, Vincent Kearse, Jr., Stephen Kearse, TreMond Kearse and Cayden Sutton; three great grandchildren, Deangelo Kearse, Jr., Kiyren King-Kearse and De’Aron Dowdell; five siblings, Mary Lena Wright, Atlanta, Georgia, Eddie (Edna) Berryhill, and Joyce Henderson, all of Tampa, Florida, Janelle Berryhill-Bobbitt, Cordele, Georgia, and Rosalyn Berryhill, Albany, Georgia; a special friend, Willa Watts, Atlanta, Georgia; a host of beloved nieces and nephews, including one devoted niece, Charlotte Dobbs; a host of devoted friends, including Deacon Arthur Holloway, Deacon Johnny Mathis and Deacon Willie Wilson.