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
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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.
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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, January 14, 2017 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
|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.
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|Would you like to nominate someone for the
Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award? If so, follow the
link to download a nomination form and learn
how to do it. It's easy!
Nominations Now Being Accepted
Athletic Hall of Fame
Berry has announced a major new initiative to preserve the history of the Berry high
schools by establishing a Berry High School/Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. The new Berry
High School/Academy Athletic Hall of Fame is meant to honor alumni who achieved at a
high level and gained notable recognition in an official school-recognized sport; received a
varsity letter or the equivalent; and demonstrated the highest levels of integrity, character
and sportsmanship. Former coaches and administrators will also be eligible for
consideration. A Hall of Fame Selection Committee has been formed with approved
by-laws. Nominations were solicited from alumni and members of the Berry community. The
announcement of the inductees is expected soon.
class of 1952,
passed away on
April 26, 2016.
Read his obituary
by clicking here.
Doug Frank, class
of 1978, passed
away on June 25th.
Read his obituary by
class of 1964,
passed away on
October 14th. Read
his obituary by
Reverand Dr. Luis Leon, Berry Academy class of 1967, welcomes
President-Elect Donald Trump to a morning worship service at St. John's
Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017, just hours before Mr.
Trump's inauguration. 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 20, 2013
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.
Berry Alumnus in the National Spotlight
|Cohen, Puckett To Be Honored
Roberta Hyers Cohen and Bob Puckett will be honored at Alumni Weekend with
the presentation to them of the Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award. The Outstanding
Faculty/Staff Award has been presented annually since 1994 and seeks to recognize
outstanding and exceptional individuals that worked for the High School / Academy. In
addition to the award presentation, their names will be engraved on the large
permanent plaque that hangs in the Berry Alumni Center featuring all of the previous
recipients of this award. The award is sponsored by the Berry Breakfast Club, a group
of high school/academy alumni that work to preserve the history of the Berry high
Ms. Cohen was the wife of Franklin Hyers, Dean of Students in the mid-to-late 1960s.
She served as dorm mother in Friendship Hall and ran the school store. She lives in
Waycross, GA. Mr. Puckett was a math instructor in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and
remained in education as a teacher and administrator in Floyd County until his
retirement. He lives in Rome.
The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 20th in Hill Dining Hall as part of
the high school/academy alumni breakfast during Alumni Weekend. All high school
alumni are encouraged to attend. Reservations can be made through the Berry