Past Grand Commander's of
the Grand Commandery of Texas

A tremendous loss for our masonry occurs when an companion releases his mortal coil and enters that house not made with hands. It is with great sadness that we issue the following report.
Grand Commander James D. Berry
Title: Grand Commander
Grand Commander Year: 1978 - 1979
Home Commandery: Colorado No. 4
Birth Date: July 11, 1914
Death Date: September 8, 2011

James D. Berry was born July 11, 1914 in Lexington, Missouri, to James Clark and Emma Mattson Berry. Died September 8, 2011. He spent his early life in the area around Garnett, Kansas graduating from Garnett High School in 1932.

Joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1934 and was honorably discharged in 1936 to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut in the class of 1940. Did not graduate. Entered the U.S. Army Air Corps Flying School in 1938 and was commissioned in 1939. Served in the Panama Canal Zone, Southwest Pacific, Japan and Germany retiring in 1966 with the rank of Colonel.

Married Iris Zimmerman of San Antonio, Texas in February 1939. One daughter Patricia A. Glass was born to this union. Iris died in December 1974. Married Hazel Ulrich in December 1975. She died in April 2001. Married Agnes (Peg) H. Brown in June 2003.

Active in the Masonic Fraternity. Member of the lodge, York Rite, Scottish Rite and Shrine. Served as Secretary-Recorder of the York Rite Bodies of Austin for a number of years. 33rd Degree Scottish Rite. Past Grand Commander Knights Templar of Texas.

Attended the University of Maryland, Pentagon Branch, graduating with a BS Degree in 1959. Attended the George Washington University graduating with an MA Degree in 1967; attended University of Texas of Austin, Texas graduating with an MA Degree in 1971.

He is survived by his daughter Patricia A. Glass and her husband William Glass; wife Peg. H. Berry, previously of Seneca, SC.

The family will receive friends 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 13, 2011, with service beginning at 2:30 p.m., at Harrell Funeral Home, Austin, TX. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, 5097 N. Elston Avenue, Suite 100, Chicago, Illinois 60630; St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, P O Box 17575, Austin, Texas 78760 or to your favorite charity.