James (Jim) Lewis Berryman


James (Jim) Lewis Berryman, 78, of Amarillo, TX went to be with our Lord and

James (Jim) Lewis Berryman
James (Jim) Lewis Berryman

Savior on August 21, 2023.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 28, 2023 at First Baptist Church of Amarillo in the Chapel.  Burial will be private.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.

Jim was born to Floyd and Mildred Berryman on February 12, 1945 in Dallas, TX.  After moving to Amarillo at an early age he attended Alice Landergin Elementary, Austin Junior High, and Amarillo High School.  Jim went on to Amarillo College where he got his degree and played baseball.

Jim married Denise Hodges on December 31, 1966 at First Baptist Church in Amarillo where they continued to attend throughout their lives together.  They were married 53 years when he lost his bride in 2020.  He never got over losing his love of 53 years.  Today they walk hand in hand together again.

Jim was one of the most genuine and kind hearted person anyone could know.  He truly had a passion for people, whether it was at work, sporting event,  grocery store, or in the hospital visiting his wife.  There were no strangers in his world.  Mom always said “that man could talk to a fencepost and walk away knowing the fenceposts life story”.  In his early parenting years Jim coached countless young men in baseball and was an exceptional athlete throughout his life.  His most notable achievement was qualifying for the Boston Marathon and the following year running in the Boston Marathon.  Jim worked for Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) for 39 years.  After retiring his passion was anything the grandkids were involved in whether it be sports, theatre, or awards ceremonies.  He and Grammy were always there (and yes striking up a conversation with the stranger sitting next to him).  He was proud of his boys, his grandchildren, and his faith.  Grandchildren will always remember him by “don’t forget you’re a Berryman”.   Jim will be missed by all that knew him.

Jim is survived by his two sons, Bryan Berryman and his wife Lori, and Tony Berryman and his wife Veronica; seven grandchildren, Brylie Kate Berryman, Brandt Berryman, Bennet Berryman, Savannah Berryman, Brooklyn Berryman, Spencer and Samuel Berryman; two brothers, Bob Berryman and Steve Berryman; numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimers Association or Amarillo S.P.C.A


11 Replies to “James (Jim) Lewis Berryman”

  1. Very sorry to hear about Jim we used to live across the street from Jim & Denise on Monroe. They were the best neighbors anyone could ask for.

  2. I will deeply miss this fabulous man and mate to my beloved cousin Denny. They both became more like a brother and sister to me and we enjoyed a lot of time and adventures together. God Bless and Rest In Peach Jim and Denny. You have left many blessings on this world and your family will carry on your laughter and love for others.

  3. Heartfelt sympathy and prayers for this sweet family. I met both Denise and Jim in high school and through the years we shared stories, baseball games and other grandchildren events. They were both wonderful and I will miss and remember them always. Precious couple, together again.

  4. So sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. The Berryman family and Juett family were friends many years back. Jim was a great guy and I know he will be missed. Prayers for the family. Melissa Juett Kalka

  5. My heart aches for his passing. But joy overcomes knowing he is with Denise again.

    Sweet friends and neighbors for many years. Prayers for the family!

  6. I am so sorry to hear that Your dad passed away. However very happy that he has been reunited with your mom. I have such fond memories of both of them since they were a big part of my life growing up. To this day I still wrap all of my Christmas gifts in different wrapping paper since your mom and dad liked it that way. More your mom than dad but still.

    Jasmine Mejia (Gonzalez, Flora’s granddaughter)

  7. Jim is the best husband, father, grandfather,, and friend anyone can have. We’ve been friends for more than 70 + years. He was a great baseball centerfielder and batter. Lots of other stuff to say but not enough space on this page. He is one of the most authentic honorable, genuine. Love him dearly.

  8. The McMurray cousins , Julie, Christin, Jason, and Jamie (now from OKC) will always remember the wonderful times we had at the Berryman’s home. Jim always had a smile and made the world a better place! We loved him and will miss his kind heart.

  9. Bobby, Sorry to hear of your loss, Jim was a great guy and one of the old Sandies I would run into when we came back for visits.
    Johnny and DeWanda Perdue
    San Tan Valley, AZ

  10. Great friend! I saw him as a 14 year old hit one out of Gold Sox stadium during a Y baseball game! Left field wall probably 340 feet. We had a group at First Baptist and we ran together at noon almost every day. Many good memories with Jim and Denny’s boys, Bryan and Tony, and my kids, Bryan, Jay, and Holly. Will miss him but we can take comfort knowing he and Denny are together.

  11. Greatest brother a guy could ask for. That’s why he was the best man at my wedding. The obituary sums him up perfectly. He never met a stranger and could carry on a conversation with anybody. I will miss him greatly but know that he is in a far better place. Love you brother.

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