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Date published: 10/31/2013

Berry English

Berry English, 86, of Austin, Texas, and Fredericksburg, retired civil engineer with the Texas Department of Transportation, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, in a single-car accident as he drove between his 68th high school reunion in San Antonio and a fall campout at Blanco State Park with camping friends from First Baptist Church in Austin.

Berry was born Feb. 6, 1927, in Bexar County, Texas. He grew up in San Antonio, graduating from San Antonio Vocational and Technical High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy before studying at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, he began working for the Texas Highway Department. Berry married Jean Sowell English on Aug. 22, 1953, at First Baptist Church of Austin. Berry served the Texas Highway Department for 38 years before retiring in 1990 as the director of bridge construction.

Berry was a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas, a life member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He was an active member, deacon, former deacon chair and former children's Sunday school teacher of First Baptist Church of Austin, from 1953 until 2012, when he moved to Fredericksburg and joined Fredericksburg Baptist Church.

He enjoyed family gatherings, camping, photography and telling great stories. Berry was a devoted husband, parent and grandparent, and in July welcomed a great-granddaughter to this world, with much joy and blessing.

Berry English was preceded in death by his mother, Susie Rosenkranz; his brother, George Rosenkranz; and his son, Glen English. He is survived by his wife, Jean English; daughters Jacque English (Mike Morrison) and Patti English; and daughter-in-law, Nancy English. Berry is also survived by grandchildren Brandon Williamson (wife Toi and children Darrin and Lindsey), Justin Williamson (Chrissy), Alissa English and Seth English; and great-granddaughter Mia Williamson.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Berry English will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at First Baptist Church, Austin, with the Rev. Dr. Roger Paynter and the Rev. Don Searles presiding.

Memorial gifts may be given in his memory to First Baptist Church, Austin, Texas, or Fredericksburg Baptist Church, Fredericksburg.

Arrangements are by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. Obituary and memorial guest book are available online at wcfish.com.