James Kent DeBerry, 62, of Abilene, passed away Monday, November 6, 2017.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Beltway Park Church, South Campus, 4009 Beltway South. Bo Whitaker and Chad Mitchell will officiate. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene.
Jim was born in Hutchinson, Kansas on July 31, 1955 to Kenneth and Marian DeBerry. He graduated from Wylie High School and then went on to West Texas State in Canyon, TX and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Distribution.
He married Debbie Zanchettin in Amarillo, TX on December 18, 1976. He moved from Abilene to Grand Junction, CO in 1983. Jim was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, the Big Country Emmaus Community, and Beltway Park Church.
Jim was a wonderful husband, doting father, devoted son and true friend to so many. He loved to host family holidays and gather friends and family to his home as often as he could. His greatest blessing was his children and granddaughter. He was a great story teller, a master on the grill, and fixer of all things. He lived a life of adventure, from college shenanigans, to coaching his kids' sports teams, traveling from New York to California, lake days with friends and many good times in between.
While with Allstate Insurance, he was owner of Deberry Agency and received the National Champions Sales Award and won Honor Ring Award several times during his career.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah Zanchettin DeBerry, his son, Brent DeBerry, his father Kenneth DeBerry, one nephew, Tyler DeBerry, and his grandparents Herb and Linda Janzen.
He is survived by his daughter Kendra DeBerry-Goetz of Fort Worth and her husband Terry. One granddaughter, Brynli Goetz, his mother, Marian DeBerry of Abilene, his sister Sandra Casimir of Midland and her husband John, his brother Tom DeBerry of Boerne and his wife Kathy, his mother-in-law, Betty Zanchettin of Amarillo, nieces and nephews, Jana, Jessie, Jamie, Travis and Tanner.
Pallbearers will be Larry Turner, Gary Young, Barry Weaver, Danny McDowell, Andy Stephan and Donnie Nelson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Love and Care Ministries at 233 Fannin St. Abilene, TX 79603. www.lcmin.com
The family first began in the funeral business in 1933. The Hamil's legacy, beginning with the Elliott's to John and Jo Ann Hamil and now continuing with Robert and Karla Hamil, is to serve families in their time of need.