Wheeler C. Berry

Wheeler C. Berry

On September 22, 2013, Wheeler C. Berry went on to be with the Good Lord and his beloved wife, Ethel Mae (Mullen) Berry who predeceased him in 1987.  Mr. Berry was born on July 14th, 1928.  His loving parents, Josephus (CAPT Joe) Berry and Martha Tillett Berry, and his brother Bradford Berry and his step- son Donald Mullen also predeceased him, also his step-grandson Donald Purnell Mullen.  Mr. Berry retired from the U. S. Coast Guard in 1967 as a First Class Petty Officer after over 21 years of service. He served on various ships and shore stations as a cook throughout his career and was stationed at various locations such as Boston, New York, Maine, Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, in addition to finishing his career in Cape May, New Jersey.

When Wheeler retired from the Coast Guard, he came home to Manteo to fish with his father, the legendary CAPT Joe Berry.  His father owned the Phyllis Mae and Wheeler owned the Ethel Mae.  He told stories of how his father taught him how to manage the boat, fish the seas, and interact with the customers.  A successful fisherman in his own right, CAPT Wheeler Berry made his own way during his twenty years in the fishing fleet at Oregon Inlet and went on to became part owner of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center until his retirement due to health reasons in 1985. Wheeler was an elder member of the Roanoke-Hatteras Band of the Algonquian Indians of North Carolina.  Wheeler was an active member of Coastal Family Church in Nags Head since 2007.  He and his family also had a long history as members of Haven Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Wheeler is survived by his brother, Joseph McKinley Berry, his sister, Phyllis Berry Huyler, his sister-in-law Dorothy Mullen Berry and Catherine Mullen, his daughter-in-law Shelia Purnell and three grandchildren, two great grandchildren several nieces, great nieces and nephews, cousins, and many loving friends and extended family.  He will be greatly missed by his cousin Frank Hester and his wife Lynda along with their daughters and his daily caregivers, Fran Down, Annie Harris and Nila Parker-Aiguier, along with DC Social Services Aide, Shelia.  His caregivers and nurses from Community Hospice will also miss him (Deborah, Linda, Mary, Gail and Lisa).

Honoring CAPT Berry’s wishes, there will be a graveside service at Haven Creek Cemetery at 2:30 PM on Friday, September 27th to coincide with his daily ritual of visiting his beloved wife, Ethel.  There will be a visitation at Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo one hour prior to the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Wheeler C. Berry to Dare County Veterans Council, 954 Marshall Collins Drive, Room 186, PO Box 1000, Manteo, NC 27954, or Coastal Family Church Fishers of Men Outreach Program, 106 E Finch Street,  Nags Head, NC 27959,  or the Roanoke-Hatteras Tribe of the Algonquian Indians of North Carolina c/o Marilyn Berry Morrison, 1205 Newport Avenue, Elizabeth City, NC, 27909.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.

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  1. Frank and Lynda Hester

    Capt Wheeler – God loves you, we love you, and that’s the way it is going to be. We will miss your special smile and all the Wheeler”isms” you created. You were a wonderful man and we are blessed to have been able to spend so much time with you for the past six years. We are happy that you are celebrating God’s love and eternal life.
    Love Frank and Lynda

  2. Ben Reynolds

    Frank I can’t tell you what an honor it was to have Capt. Wheeler as a friend. Thank you for introducing me to him, and for your families faithfulness to him as a great friend and family member. I will never forget his infectious smile, and how he spread joy with just that smile a many of a time. His presence in the barber shop was one of love, peace, and joy. I will miss you Capt. Wheeler. Thanks for the friendship!

  3. Andre Austin

    I am so sorry for your loss. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3,4 states “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. Hope these words give you a new hope.

  4. Annie Gray-Clark

    Condolences to your family on the passing of Wheeler. He was a man of honor. Now he will be with his wife and his Lord. God Bless You all.

  5. Lynda F. Midgett

    I CAN ONLY IMAGINE the conversation and catching up between Ethel Mae, Joe and Wheeler and so many others that have gone before him. When he had a garden he kept me in collards and other vegetables. Used to visit he and Ethel Mae and always left feeling great after listening to their stories about Maxie and others.

  6. Sam & Sue Hershberger

    Sam and I are honored to have known Wheeler for 4 years. He had a wonderful smile and a great personality, but we know he is celebrating with the Lord and his wonderful wife Ethel. We send our love and prayers to the family.
    Love Sam & Sue Hershberger.

  7. Catherine Mullen, Terry Mullen

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Berry family during their time of loss and need. Knowing that the love of God will help heal your hearts at this time.

  8. Rosita Huyler Royal

    As we grieve the death of my dear auncle Wheeler, it is my prayer that he knew that my sister (Alicia Huyler Sanders) and I never stopped searching for him after his stroke and that he was loved by his sister (Phyllis Berry Huyler) and the two of us dearly. We will cherish the many fun and happy memories of summers long gone by spent with him and aunt Ethel fishing, running from the hermit crabs on the beach, cleaning fish and listen to his many adventures in the Coast Guard. May your soul be at peace now Auncle and know that you will always be remembered for the goodness and love shown to us.

  9. Rosita Huyler Royal

    As we grieve the death of my dear uncle Wheeler, it is my prayer that he knew that my sister (Alicia Huyler Sanders) and I never stopped searching for him after his stroke and that he was loved by his sister (Phyllis Berry Huyler) and the two of us dearly. We will cherish the many fun and happy memories of summers long gone by spent with him and aunt Ethel fishing, running from the hermit crabs on the beach, cleaning fish and listening to the many adventures he had while in the Coast Guard. May your sould be at peace now uncle and know that you will always be remembered for the goodness and love you showed to us.

  10. Alicia Huyler Sanders

    I still remember those long hot summers spent with Uncle Wheeler and Aunt Ethel. Boy, were they long and hot, but Uncle Wheeler always was there to make those days pleasurable.He would take us fishing out on the boat,take us to the Hardee’s (which me and my sister, Rosita Huyler Royal, loved), tell us childhood stories about him and all of his siblings,and just treated us as if we were his own.You might not be around Uncle, but your memories still remain captured in me and my sister’s hearts.Now that you are in heaven, may your soul rest in peace. WE LOVE YOU! Your sister Phyllis Berry Huyler and your two nieces, Rosita Huyler Royal and Alicia Huyler Sanders.

  11. Scott Weber

    It’s very nice reading about all the good memories and stories that everybody had with Wheeler and it really brings back all the good ones I experienced as well. Every year my family made our annual trek down to the outer banks for vacation and even as a young boy going to the beach one of the things I looked forward to the most was visiting Wheeler. The way he would treat my family and the smile on his face was priceless….gonna miss you Wheeler but you will never be forgotten.

  12. Mary Ebinger, RN

    Frank and Lynda,
    It has been an honor and a priviledge to have cared for Wheeler as one of his Hospice nurses for the past 2 years. He truely was blessed to have had the love of his family surround him during his illness. What a gift you gave this kind man… love, compassion and dignity, that he so deserved. We will treasure the memory of his bright smile. Thank you for allowing us be a part of your life and your family.
    Love, Mary

  13. Sheila Purnell

    Wheeler,We made several attempts to contact you. We wil always remember the days when Ethel made the family memories with her loving heart. we will see you and Ethel and Donald thru the resurrection God has promised. we will all have a lot to talk about. Your FAMILY and Ethel’s. Sheila, DaVet. DaVia, and Dondrea Purnell..

  14. Virginia Tillett

    Another true fisherman gone home to rest. God Bless you Lynda. Frank, Fran and all that made Wheeler’s last years filled with Love. May God Bless each of you during this difficult time.

  15. Philip Weber

    I went fishing in the late 60s with Capt. Joe and on that day his mate was sick so Wheeler came along to help his dad. On that day I was adopted into the Berry family and I will always try to uphold the common respect and love that shared. I remember when Frank was a young boy and started mating for Capt. Wheeler. I would hear Capt. bark orders to Frank and Capt. Wheeler would turn to me with his big smile and say Frankie is doing good but every once in a while I have to jack him up. I miss you Capt. Wheeler

  16. Faye Lewark Daniels

    My thoughts are with you and your family at this time; may your memories bring you comfort.

    “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” ~~ Eskimo Proverb

  17. Wendy Daniels Linzey

    I remember him so well even at a young age. My dad owned the Island Marina where Mr. Berry kept his boat in the late 60’s/early 70’s. I use to play along the seawall and played around and on his boat many times. He was always looking out for me. I really wish I could have seen him before he passed but I’m sure I’ll see him again in Heaven. He was the sweetest man beside my grandfather who kept his boat there too. Such a Godly man….prayers for the family in their time of need.

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