Friends and Family Remember Berry Earle III

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

The Thomasville Police Department says Berry Earle crashed his motorcycle on Jones Street at about eight o'clock Saturday morning.

Those who knew the 58-year-old say he was kind and generous.

They say he loved to hunt, ballroom dance, ride motorcycles and fly airplanes.

Terry James Chastain says Earle was close with his father, Terry Chastain, when he was growing up.

Chastain says Earle inspired him to pursue many activities, including flying.

Says Chastain, "[Earle] was a master of everything he did. He never did anything poorly. You know, they call people a 'jack of all trades, master of none' -- everything he did was perfect."

Art Shelfer has been practicing law in Thomasville for more than two decades. He says he became acquainted with Earle 'back in the day.'

Shelfer says Earle always maintained a sense of professionalism, whether he was on someone's side in the courtroom or arguing against them.

Says Shelfer of Earle, "Decent guy, all the way around. Well-read as an attorney, friendly enough, a good student of the law."

Friends say Earle leaves behind his mother, Mary Earle, an uncle, and his beloved dog, Tip.

A visitation will be held for friends and family at Allen and Allen Funeral Home tonight (6/6) from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.

Services will be held tomorrow (6/7) at 4pm, also at Allen and Allen.

Earle will be buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery.


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  • by Walt Location: Cartersville, Ga on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    Berry and I met at UGA, became friends and later room mates while there. We both relished the casual college life in Athens and often rode motorcycles together, one summer traveling the midwest.I will always remember him as very intelligent, a logical and practical thinker and just a great, hospitable guy. He had an offbeat sense of humor, like myself and though I had not seen him in recent years, I will miss him.
  • by Chuck Location: Homerville Ga on Jun 30, 2011 at 05:05 AM
    Berry was a great friend all through law school and in the 32 years since. I will always remember him as a kind, gentle and wonderful friend. He will be missed in my life.
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