Chattanooga Has Lost A Great Man In Jim Berry - And Response (2)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

James C. Berry was the epitome of the American Dream.  He was born to humble means in a small town in Mississippi.  Through his tremendous work ethic, intelligence, perseverance, honesty and integrity he created many thriving businesses, employed thousands and improved the lives of those with whom he came in contact.   

One of his many major accomplishments was the creation of Republic Parking System, Inc.  Many people may not realize that Republic is the largest privately held parking management firm in the country, if not world, and is headquartered here in Chattanooga.  Mr. Berry could have located his companies anywhere but he cared deeply for this town and this community.

Jim loved to work but loved his family most of all.  His wife, five children and many grandchildren were the center of his attention.  He was a private man that truly enjoyed the outdoors and nature. 

He and the Berry family have always been very generous.  Much in the line with Matthew 6:3, the Berry family gives back to our community by donating money, time and resources to several local charities and organizations, often anonymously.  They give and never expected anything in return.

I am fortunate and blessed to have known Jim.  He was an employer, a mentor and a partner.  Please keep the Berry family in your thoughts and prayers for they - and Chattanooga - have lost a great man.  

Chris Howley
Signal Mountain

* * * 

I was honored to know Jim Berry for many years.  My parents live across the street from Mr. Berry. It was on a Christmas Eve 10 years ago with my father facing yet another heart surgery a knock came to my parent's back door. It was Mr. Berry with his son Marshall and his son-in-law Eric. They told my father that they had something that they wanted to give him.  We walked outside to find a new Kawasaki Mule, as my father’s eyes welled up with tears he told Mr. Berry that he couldn't accept such a gift. Mr. Berry told us that he wanted him to have the Mule so he could ride our farm. Mr. Berry knew that our old four wheeler had given out and in his compromised health, my father could not walk the farm. My  father told me that if something happened and he did not make it through his surgery to make sure that Jim got the Mule back. God blessed us and my father did make it through and we had him five more years. 

This summer my youngest son and I were riding the Mule in our field when we spotted Mr. Berry feeding his fish in his pond on his property that joined ours. We stopped and talked to Mr. Berry for a while and I thanked him again for the Mule that gave my father so much enjoyment  to be able to ride the property. Mr. Berry told me, “I get credit for a lot of things, it was Marshall who came up with the idea of getting the Mule for your father.” That is the kind of man Jim was, giving, caring and humble.  

I pray for his family during this difficult time. But I know that he set an example for his loved ones and others that he touched to follow. A man who worked hard, gave back and cared for others. Thank you, Jim, for a life well lived. 

David Hickman

* * *

Jim Berry was a citizen that will be tremendously missed by our community in many ways. His visits to the Courthouse and particularly to the Clerk's office were very special. 

His warm personality and friendly smile were attributes that will always be remembered.

County Clerk Bill Knowles


Roy Exum: What Voters Think

There are over 9,000 students who attend Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., which – in an effort to be relative -- is just a touch smaller than our UT-Chattanooga. What makes Quinnipiac unique is that it is home of The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which produces what’s called the “Q Poll” because hardly anybody knows how to pronounce “Kwin-uh-pe-ack.” The Q ... (click for more)

Not Thrilled With The Parking Rate Increase

Mark your calendars for Sept. 1—the day the Chattanooga Parking Authority has announced it will raise parking rates around the city. In addition to the rate hikes, the Parking Authority will extend enforceable hours from 4:30-6 p.m.  and will include Saturdays as well. The Parking Authority has allowed for a learning curve, however, saying that during the month of September, ... (click for more)

Woman Seriously Injured After Plowing Into Rossville Boulevard Car Dealership Saturday Evening

A woman was seriously injured after plowing her vehicle into a car dealership on Rossville Boulevard on Saturday evening.   At approximately  6:49 p.m., the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 2818 Rossville Blvd. on an accident with injuries.   A blue vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed lost control.  The vehicle crashed ... (click for more)

Boy, 4, Struck By Vehicle Near Tunnel Boulevard

A four-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle near Tunnel Boulevard on Saturday afternoon. A t approximately 4:20 p.m.,  the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 3400 Through St. on a c hild struck by a vehicle.  T he victim was conscious when officers arrived. He was transported to a local hospital. I nvestigators are continuing to compile ... (click for more)

UTC, Jacksonville State Tickets In '30 Minutes or Less' On Monday

Don't have your tickets to the Jacksonville State game yet?  If you work or live within five miles of campus, Monday will be one last chance to get them delivered in '30 Minutes or Less' or they are FREE.  This is for tickets to Saturday's season opener, or a full order of season tickets.  Only ticket orders made over the phone are eligible for this promotion. ... (click for more)

Baylor Sweeps Two Nashville Teams In Volleyball Saturday

Volleyball teams from Brentwood Academy and Pope John Paul II have at least one thing in common on Saturday following matches with Baylor and GPS.  They both headed back to Nashville with a win and a loss as both beat GPS and both lost to Baylor. Baylor improved to 13-1 overall and 3-0 in region play with Saturday's two wins, including a 3-1 verdict over Brentwood ... (click for more)