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Local resident retires for the second time


By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor  

  Superior Court bailiff Helen Berry was surrounded by family, friends and coworkers as she said goodbye at her retirement celebration, held last Friday afternoon at the Henry County Courthouse.

L to r: Helen Berry stands in front of daughters Gloria Strait and Connie Elrod, son Rick Berry and daughter-in-law Jewell Berry.

Photo by Mickie Jackson

  Berry was recognized for her nearly 20 years of service to the courts, where she served as a court bailiff to the Grand Jury and Traverse Juries of Henry County.

  It was the second retirement for Berry, who spent her first career with Trust Company Bank for 26 years. At her most recent retirement, coworkers and court personnel presented her with a plaque for her 19 and half years of service, as well as a framed picture of the courthouse in which she worked.

  In her retirement, Berry, 84, said she plans on travelling, particularly to North Carolina and New Mexico to visit the two of her six children who don’t live close by.

  “My daughter lives in New Mexico and another daughter lives in Charlotte, North Carolina so I will be travelling to see them, and just plan to enjoy life,” said Berry.

  Co-worker Burma Campbell said she will miss Berry but expects that she will stop in on occasion to have coffee.

  “Oh, we’ll miss her but we expect that she’ll come back and have coffee with us,” said Campbell. “She’s wonderful and she was the only female bailiff when I came her eight years ago. She trained me and we have become the best of friends, we are just dear friends.  I couldn’t have asked for anybody better and it’s made my experience here just wonderful.”

  A statement read in court referring to Berry, said in part “…During that time she has assisted the Superior Court Judges, the District Attorney, and the Superior Court Clerk and their staff in maintaining the order of the courts. She has handled these tasks with grace, charm and most importantly a sense of humor. We wish her well.”



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