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Myrtle Beach, Horry Co., SC--Wednesday, 16 May 2007
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH--Connelly Burgin (C.B.) Berry, noted historian and land surveyor, died Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at his home of 60 years in North Myrtle Beach.
Born in Anson County, North Carolina, November 12, 1919, he was the son of Lula Porter Berry and Gilmer Connelly Berry. The family later moved to Chesterfield County where he graduated from Cheraw High School.
Mr. Berry graduated from Southeastern Commercial College, completed civil engineering drafting courses at USC, and served from 1941 to 1945 in the Navy.
Surviving him are Dallas Wallace Berry, his wife of 61 years; three daughters, Sandra Berry Nettles and her husband, Robert Nettles, of Charleston, Bobbie Berry Lackey of Columbia, and Dallas (Cissy) Berry Hulon and her husband, William (Artie) Hulon, of North Myrtle Beach; two brothers, William Bart Berry and John West Berry; and a sister, Eloise Berry Gruber of Little River; five grandchildren, Charlie Suggs, Christa Suggs Riley and her husband, Matt Riley, Chelsey Lawrimore Watts and her husband, Joseph Watts, Madison Moore and Kaitlyn Moore and two great-grandchildren, Andrews Riley and Jayden Watts. There are five step grandchildren, Mason Nettles, Sarah Nettles, John Nettles, Britney Hulon, Jordan Hulon and Blake Hulon.
Mr. Berry is predeceased by two brothers, Henderson Porter Berry and Zebulon Vance Berry; a sister, Lucille Berry Morgan; and a grandchild, Martha Roberta Suggs
Mr. Berry published Berry's Blue Book in 2006, www.CBBerry.com, a compilation of over fifty years of his interviews of hundreds of people predominately in the low country but also throughout the Carolinas. He wrote a weekly column in The Sun News and extensively for historical publications.
When Crescent Beach was incorporated in 1951, he was a charter member of the town council and was elected mayor in 1956 and later, in 1966. He was the last mayor prior to the forming of North Myrtle Beach. He owned a lumber mill for twelve years and in 1957 opened his Professional Land Surveyor business. He retired in 2006.
In 1972, Mr. Berry was instrumental in acquiring the land and became chairman of Vereen Gardens in Little River (a 120 acre park on the Intracoastal Waterway), and in 1988 his efforts were recognized with an outstanding achievement award for national conservation by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
As chairman of the Horry County Historic Preservation Commission, Mr. Berry helped obtain facilities for the Horry County Museum and was awarded the Earnest Richardson Memorial Award for exceptional service. He was a founder of the Horry County Historical Society and its quarterly journal and tours.
In 1998, he was awarded the Waccamaw Award from Coastal Carolina for historical preservation. Mr. Berry was a charter member and Paul Harris Fellow of the North Myrtle Beach Rotary Club.
Mr. Berry was a founding member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a member of Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2007 at McMillan-Small Funeral Home, 906 67th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2007, at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Chris Carlisle officiating. Burial will follow at Southeastern Memorial Gardens in North Myrtle Beach.
An online guest book is available at www.msfh.net or at MyrtleBeachOnline.com
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mortgage Elimination Fund of Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church, 410-6th Ave. S., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.
McMillan-Small Funeral Home, (843-449-3396), is serving the family.
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