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Dwight Payne Berry

Dwight Payne Berry died on Sunday, July 22 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

Dwight, who was often known affectionately by his friends as "Dr. Berry", was born on April 3, 1943 in Roanoke Rapids.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army.

Dwight was most proud of his 45-year tenure as organist and choirmaster of Rosemary United Methodist Church, Roanoke Rapids, N.C. Dwight was also an outstanding and celebrated educator at Roanoke Rapids High School, known for his popular English grammar and humanities classes. Much loved by his thousands of students over his 30-year teaching career, Dwight was known for his inspirational teaching style. Many former students remember fondly his guided tours to Europe as a special part of their education. Widely celebrated as the "musical genius of the Roanoke Valley", Dwight also composed and arranged music for church and often for Lakeland Theatre Co. Audiences remember his singular and creative piano playing style.

Dwight was preceded in death by his father, Reginald Gold Berry, and his mother, Louise Davis Berry, both of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; two brothers, Michael E. Berry of Pawley's Island, S. C., and Bruce D. Berry of Matthews, N. C.; and a twin sister, Sarah Diane Berry, of Roanoke Rapids, N. C.

Funeral Services will be held on July 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Rosemary United Methodist Church, in Roanoke Rapids with Rev. Steve McElroy and Rev. Charles Morrison officiating. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., special musical presentations offered by friends will precede the service. Scattering of ashes and visitation will follow at the church.

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