Gail Mathews Berry

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Mrs. Gail Mathews Berry, age 71, passed away in Nashville on July 26, 2023. Gail was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on July 14, 1952 to Robert E. Mathews and Marjorie Mathews. She married the love of her life, Kenneth L. “Sonny” Berry on August 7, 1971. Gail is survived by her mother, Marjorie Mathews; her loving husband, Sonny; her daughter, Allison Hadley; son-in-law, Benson Hadley; and her granddaughters, Liza Hadley, and Emelia Hadley. She is also survived by her brother, Mark Mathews; sister-in-law, Beth Seward; nephew, Houston Mathews; sister-in-law, Charla Mathews; and niece, Andrea (Joel) Reynolds. Gail is survived by many friends that brought much enjoyment to her life. Gail is proceeded in death by her father, Robert E. Mathews; her daughter, Brooke Berry; and her brother, Stuart Mathews. Gail was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. There was no greater joy to her than spending time with her family. They were the light of her life and her primary interest. To know Gail was to know her loving spirit and welcoming smile. She was quick to make friends and played a critical role in the lives of her granddaughters. The girls loved their Gigi dearly and shared a special relationship. Gail loved flowers, gardening, playing mahjong and was active in the community as member of The Centennial Club, Seed and Weed Garden Club, P.E.O. Chapter CI and Chapter E, and Belle Meade Country Club. Traveling with Sonny and her friends was one of her greatest pleasures. Gail was always excited to celebrate an occasion with her family and friends. An afternoon drive with Sonny and her dog, Coco was one of her favorite things to do. Her enthusiasm for adventure was contagious and she was a true joy to spend time with. Gail was dedicated to her Christian faith and lived it in her daily life. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Blytheville, Arkansas for forty years. After moving to Nashville, she became an active member of Woodmont Christian Church in 2014. She loved to fellowship with her Thursday Night Bible Study Group. Visitation will be held at Woodmont Christian Church located at 3601 Hillsboro Road, Nashville, TN on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Carpenter Chapel. A funeral service will immediately follow at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation at, Humane Society of Blytheville at 1900 N. Sixth, Blytheville, AR 72315 and to Woodmont Christian Church at 3601 Hillsboro Road, Nashville, TN 37215.

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  1. Dear Allison and Sonny, our hearts are broken for you and all the family. Sweet Gail with that beautiful smile was a loyal friend and joy to be around. We have so many wonderful memories of our fun times together and fondly remember her kindness to everyone. I am so glad that we had the opportunity to talk recently. Please know that you will stay in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all.

  2. Dear Sonny, Allison, Mrs Mathews, extended and greater family, I’m so very sorry for your and everyone’s loss. Gail was truly a wonderful wife, mother, and a caring person of which everyone was very much aware. Her kindness, warmth, and graciousness touched many, including myself. May love and God’s warmth embrace, surround, and protect all during this difficult time. My thoughts are steadily with you all and in prayer.

  3. Sonny,Allison and family,Jerry and I are heart broken about Gail. She was such a special friend. We have so many wonderful memories over many years. I am picturing she and Brooke embracing💞 so sorry we can’t be there but we will be in heart and spirit. I love you GailEtta 💖💖 🙏🏻🙏🏻 Lou and Jerry Moore

  4. Mr. Sonny, Allison, and family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Mrs. Gail. I remember how she was such a sweet, compassionate, caring person to all of us when we were in high school. More importantly, I will also always remember the strength both Gail and Sonny exhibited to all of us when many others would have given up. What a testament to them, and an example to all of us. Such a great family and a great woman I am so glad to have met. Scott Perry The Woodlands, TX

  5. Ms Gail always had the most vibrant smile & was always such a light when she was in the room. A loving wife, adoring Mom & proud Grandmother, she will be greatly missed.

  6. So sorry for your loss. She was such a wonderful woman. Thinking of all of you.Love,Amanda and David Schwartz

    A Memorial Tree was planted in memory of Gail Mathews Berry

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