Dr Robert Alford Berrie
State Paper Thursday August 8 1912 pg 3
Dr Robert Alford Berrie
Special to the State
Dillon, August 7--Dr Robert Alford Berrie of Birmingham died Sunday night,
after a lingering illness of about two years. His body reached here today at noon over the
Seaboard Air Line. It was at once taken to the home of Mr and Mrs E R Hamer, where
the funeral was held this afternoon at 3 o'clock, being conducted by Dr A G Buckner,
after which it was taken to the Alford burial ground, about 18 miles from Dillon, for
interment. Dr Berrie graduated from the University of Virginia and at the College for
surgeons and physicians when a young man.
In 1884 he was married to Miss Cora B McChesney of Staunton, Va., in 1885, he
went to Birmingham, Ala., where he entered into the practice of his profession and
became distinguished in his time. He practiced continually until about two years ago,
when his health gave way. He was successful also in his business undertakings, having
amassed considerable estate. He established in Birmingham the Copeland Berrie
Hospital, which was a success.
After his wife's death he was married a second time to Miss Sadie Owens. By his
first wife he is survived by two daughters, Mrs J B Luckie and Miss Jane, the younger of
the two. By the second marriage he is survived by a wife and two little children. Besides
his immediate family, he is survived by his mother, Mrs James Berrie of Latta; five
brothers, Neill of Little Rock, Henry of Marion, Dr James C of Birmingham, J Q Berrie
of Latta; and four sisters, Mrs E R Hamer, Dillon; Mrs C M Lovejoy, Birmingham; Mrs
F M Godard, Latta; Mrs Etta Dreyspring, Montgomery, Ala. Dr Berrie was raised near
Sellers and belonged to one of the largest and best connected families of this section of
the state. His father was James Berrie and was a large land owner up to his death a dew
years ago. The pallbearers were; Senator J H Manning, T W Berry, D W Bethea, J D
Coleman, Neal Bass, Dr J H David, Dr Yancey Alford of Sumter and Lieut Gov Thos G
McLeod of Bishopville.
Quite a large crowd joined the procession to the burial ground.
There were many beautiful flowers sent by friends, both here and in Birmingham,
to decorate the grave of the splendid gentleman.
(note from transcriber....it states five brothers, but only lists four)
Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 26 Jun 2004.