Editor, C.M.B. Cox
The Vitascope editors are in receipt of an invitation to attend the marriage of Miss Ruby Caroline Davis, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Tinsley Davis, to Mr. Walter Mack Berry at the Court Avenue Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, November 5, 1912, at 8:30 o'clock in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Vitascope extends congratulations in advance and joins the many friends of Prof. Berry in Rector and Clay County in wishes of joy and prosperity.
Professor Walter Mack Berry was born in 1883 near the Hopewell Community, just west of Rector. His parents, Young Henry Berry and Andromedia Vickers, migrated to the Greene-Clay Counties area from Carroll County, Tenn., about 1878 with two children, John H. Berry and Reddick H. Berry. Flora Alice Berry was born in Arkansas in 1879 and Walter Mack Berry came along in 1883. Sister Enola Alafair Berry was born in 1886 and sister Pearl Berry came along in 1889.
Of these six children, three died by 1890 and were all buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in the Hopewell area. The Berry family moved to Texas by 1892, and Flora Alice Berry (Joiner) and Enola A. Berry (Reid) married there and remained in Texas. Walter Mack's mother, Andromedia, died in June of 1892, not long after moving to Texas, and she was buried near Abilene.
Walter Mack's widowed father, Y. Henry Berry, remarried in late 1892, in Arkansas, to Willie Evans, and took her to Texas. By 1894, the Berry family moved back to Arkansas in the Mary's Chapel area before heading back to Texas again. Many of our readers will remember one of Walter Mack Berry's half-brothers, Homer Earle Berry, who was born in Texas in 1892 but grew up in Rector after the family moved back to the Rector area in 1894. Walter's dad fathered 15 children with his second wife, Willie, but many of the children died young. Half-brother, Homer, worked for the Rector Post Office much of his adult life.
Walter Mack Berry attended college in Texas and returned to Rector, becoming a teacher in the Rector High School in 1907, and then superintendent during the 1909-10 school year, as well as coaching the boys basketball team. Mr. Berry moved to Memphis in late 1910 and our wedding announcement of 1912 introduced the folks of Rector to his intended bride, Ruby Davis. Ruby was the daughter of Dr. Charles T. Davis and wife, Carrie.
Walter Berry worked at the Memphis Stockyards, serving as a bookkeeper, and later owned a mule sales barn for many years. Walter Mack and Ruby never had children.
Ruby died at the age of 71 in 1963 in Memphis and is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery. Walter Mack was living with a half-sister, Nannie Ira Berry Holder, in Little Rock when he died in 1969 at the age of 86. He was buried in Rest Hill Cemetery.
Further information and/or pictures on the Berry family would be appreciated.