BERRYHILL, Henry Lee, Jr.
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BERRYHILL, Henry Lee Berryhill, Jr. 91, of Marietta, Georgia, formerly of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away peacefully, with dignity and courage, on May 2, 2013. Mr. Berryhill was born on November 6, 1921, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He proudly served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps, 15th Air Force, from 1942 until 1945, completing 28 combat missions in the B-17. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. Upon returning from Europe, Mr. Berryhill earned a B.S. in Geology in 1947 and an M.S. in Geology in 1949, both from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He had a distinguished career with the U.S. Geological Survey from 1948 until 1985, first studying coal resources in the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains and later moving to Texas to open a regional marine geology office and to establish a research study program for the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. During the period 1955 to 1959, he studied and mapped underwater volcanic formations in Puerto Rico. From 1970 through 1973, he was headquartered in Washington, D.C. as Chief of the USGS Marine Geology National and International Programs. His 90 scientific publications included journal articles, maps and books. Of his career Mr. Berryhill said, “Besides an innate enthusiasm for learning, the greatest single factor that has shaped my life has been the choice of a profession that I could pursue as if it were my hobby.” He was preceded in death by his loving wife of sixty-five years, Louise Russell Berryhill. He is survived by sons Stuart Berryhill of Lakewood, California, and Keith Berryhill of Marietta, Georgia, daughters-in-law Lily Lim and Diane Lidz, and grandchildren, Heather, Hayley, Leah and Aaron Berryhill. A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in Marietta at a later date. The family requests that any donations be made in his memory to St. James Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia or Episcopal Relief and Development.
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