Class of 1966
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||Dr. Jerry C. Davis
Class of 1961
||Dr. Jerry Davis is a 1961 graduate of the
Mount Berry School for Boys. His personal
story of the struggle to find his way in life
is an incredible and heartwarming one. A
small portion of his search for God’s plan
for him is recounted in the article "On the
Right Path" which appeared in the
February 2004 edition of Guideposts
magazine. With special permission from
Guideposts we are able to reprint and
publish this inspiring article about one of
our Berry brothers. From teenage runaway
to broke and homeless to college
president, it is an amazing journey. Today,
Dr. Jerry Davis is President of College of
the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. Click
here to read the article.
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Mount Berry School for Boys
Mount Berry, GA
In the Spring of 2007, a group of Berry High School athletes from the 1960's honored their former
basketball coach Jerry Shelton. The dinner in Hill Dining Hall was a huge success, attended by
over 100 people. After the tribute, a few of the men decided to create an organization to preserve
the camaraderie of high school alumni and to work to preserve the history of the high schools.
The Berry Breakfast Club was born.
|The 1952 Berry Basketball Team standing in front of The Blue Goose
Left to Right: Charlie Underwood, A.C. Holbrook, J.W. Walker, Billy Thomason,
Ike Coleman, Chester Hyers, Vance Parkerson, Josh Hutchinson, Oliver Welch,
Sims Hawkins and C.H. Smith.
|Berry Alumnus in the National Spotlight
|Reverand Dr. Luis Leon, Berry Academy class of 1967, welcomes President
Barack Obama to a morning worship service at St. John's Episcopal Church in
Washington, DC, on September 19, 2010. Known as "The Church of the
Presidents", St. John's is located across Lafayette Square, just north of the
White House. Reverend Luis Leon was featured as the "Power Player of the
Week" on the January 20th edition of Fox News Sunday. Click here or on Rev.
Leon's photo to watch the video, which runs just over three and a half minutes.
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||Click on the photo to read
more about the scholarship
||Spearheaded by his friends
and classmates, the Jimmy
R. Fletcher Memorial
Endowed Scholarship has
been established at Berry
College. Jimmy Fletcher,
born with cerebral palsy,
attended the Mount Berry
School for Boys and was the
class valedictorian in 1964.
challenged his entire life,
Jimmy never surrendered to
his disability and inspired
everyone who ever came to
When Jimmy passed away in
February of 2010, a group of
friends and classmates
immediately began to search
for a way to honor the
memory of this unique
individual. After numerous
ideas were advanced, it was
decided to raise money for
an endowed scholarship that
would honor Jimmy’s memory
In April of 2010 a scholarship
committee consisting of John
Shahan (64H), Ernie Chou
(66H), Bob Williams (62H)
and Dale Cummings (66H)
was formed. Stacey Spillers,
Senior Advancement Officer
at Berry, advised the group
that Berry required a
minimum of $25,000 in order
to endow a scholarship. An
immediate challenge gift of
$10,000 from Ernie Chou
started the campaign on its
way and by July, the fund
had grown to over $37,000
cash in hand with another
$6,000 that was pledged.
The scholarship was
awarded to a deserving
student for the first time for
the fall semester of 2010.
Qualifications to receive the
- The recipient’s
- The recipient
maintaining a grade
point average of 3.0 or
- The recipient’s
participation in the
- The recipient must
have a permanent
Contributions to the
scholarship fund are still
being accepted and are
encouraged. The larger that
this endowed fund grows, the
greater financial impact it
can have on Berry students
for years to come.
|* * * News From Berry * * *
|The Story of Swofford
Is it real or is it legend? Click on
the cartoon to find out.
The next meeting of the Berry Breakfast Club will be at the
Landmark Restaurant in Rome on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at
8:00 AM. All high school and Academy alumni are invited.
The story of Berry High
School/Academy and the amazing
impact the school continues to
have on the lives of its former
students is the focus of a new
book, A History of the Berry
Schools on the Mountain
Campus, written by Dr. Jennifer
Dickey (77A, 80C). The book was
first envisioned by the Berry
Breakfast Club, a group of alumni
who meet monthly to reconnect
with memories and friends and to
promote the school’s legacy.
Berry President Steve Briggs
commissioned the project, which
was managed by Historic Berry
with the support of the alumni
relations office. The book can be
purchased online at Barnes &
Noble and at Amazon.Com. Or,
you can click here to order.
Book Is Here!
Six Years in the
||Alumni Weekend Report
||What an incredible weekend! There was a big crowd at the Friday night dinner
and the next morning, Hill Dining Hall was bursting at the seams for the Saturday
The Class of '64 celebrated their 50-year anniversary and challenged all classes
after them to exceed their $21,000 funding of a new work scholarship. More on
the scholarship is posted below. The Class of '64 also won the trophy for the
highest percentage of alumni attending the weekend activities, the second time
they have won this award in the last five years.
The class of '69 had 41 people attend for the weekend counting alumni,
wives/guests and faculty. Photos for the Class of '69 weekend can be seen by
clicking on the link:
REUNION PHOTOS - Class of '64
REUNION PHOTOS - Class of '69
On Sunday morning at Frost Chapel, Walter Copeland '64, delivered one of the
most powerful sermons this writer has ever heard. What a message!
All in all, it was a magnificent weekend on the world's most beautiful campus and
it was celebrated by men who became boys again for just a brief couple of days,
remembering their common experiences at the foot of Lavender Mountain.
|Scholarship Established by Class of '64
Other Classes Issued a Challenge
||The Class of 1964 has established the Berry High Schools and Academy Work
Scholarship. The announcement was made at Alumni Weekend by Charles
Downey at the 50-year reunion dinner of the Class of 1964. Over $21,000 has
been collected and pledged for the scholarship and all other classes have been
challenged to meet or exceed the gifts of the class of ’64.
The scholarship fund needs a minimum of $25,000 in order to become an
endowed scholarship and all high school alumni are encouraged to
support this effort.
The purpose of the Berry High Schools and Academy Work Scholarship is to help
preserve and teach the rich history and heritage of the Berry high schools by
assisting needy students in pursuing their education at Berry College. Read more
about the qualifications of the scholarship recipients by clicking here.
Click here to download the pledge form.
|Celebrating the 50th
Berry's Winningest Basketball Team is Honored
won the Rome News-Tribune Christmas
Invitational Basketball Tournament by
defeating Coosa, West Rome and Cedartown
and then crushing East Rome in the
championship game. This is the only time in
Berry's history that Berry ever won this
Though Berry was the smallest school in the
16-team field, the Falcons proved to be
giants, winning their four tournament games
by an average of 17 points per game.
The 1964-65 Berry basketball team was one of the greatest teams in Berry basketball history.
The team opened the season winning its first 17 games without a loss. In December the team
Coach Jerry Shelton is carried off the court
after Berry wins the championship game of the
Rome News-Tribune Christmas Invitational.
The 1964-65 Falcons won 30 games and lost only 5, with 3 of the 5 losses coming at the
hands of Valley Point. The 30 wins is more than any other Berry team in history and the
Falcons earned a trip to the State Tournament in Macon. Coach Jerry Shelton called the
1964-65 team the best high school team he ever coached.
Millard Carlisle (from left), Billy Bell, Jerry Chastain, Coach Jerry Shelton, MVP Tom Butler, Don Collins,
Greyson Whiteside, Bill McWhorter, Manager Fred Beazley and Steve Ellis at Berry College on Friday, Dec.
19, 2014. (Sierra Campbell/Rome News-Tribune)
1964-65 Berry Academy Falcons were honored on the 50th anniversary of their championship victory in
the Rome-News Tribune Holiday Festival Tournament.
Tournament MVP and co-captain Tom Butler (left) and co-captain Jerry
Chastain (right) present the trophy to Coach Jerry Shelton at Berry College
on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (Sierra Campbell/Rome News-Tribune)
|Frank Campbell, Former
Headmaster, Has Died
Frank Campbell, Berry Academy's
Headmaster from 1966-1971, passed
away on New Years Day, 2015. A
memorial service for Frank Campbell was
held at Berry in Barnwell Chapel on
Click here for more information.
Barry Lynn Brooks, Class of 1967, passed away on February 4, 2015.
Read his obituary by clicking here.
Mark Burns, class of 1981, passed
away on February 14th. Click Here
for more information.
Deebo Grace, class of 1969, passed
away on February 18th. Click Here for