Son of Robert "Bob" Berry and Cora Lee Powell (possibly Mumford)
ex-Husband of Judith Ann Hawkins
Father of actress Halle Berry
Jerome Jesse/Jessie Berry was born (reportedly, by Find A Grave) in Clarksdale, Mississippi to Robert "Bob" Berry and Cora Lee Powell. So far, I have been unable to locate a 1940 Census record for this family. Note that at least one other record reflects that Jerome may have been from Harrisburg, PA.
Jerome was in the US Air Force at one point - he would have had to been around 18+ when he joined, or on or around 1952+. By his marriage date to Judith, he would have been out of the military by 1964. (SPECULATION: Served in Korea?) At the time, he was employed as a porter/hospital attendant at a Cleveland psychiatric hospital, and later became a bus driver. It was there that he met Halle Berry's mother, Judith, who was a nurse. They were married in Cuyahoga County in Ohio on 3 March 1964. Jerome and Judith had 2 daughters together, Heidi (born 1964) and Halle (born 1966). Halle reports that he often hit her mother, which led to a divorce when she was young (around 1970). Halle and Heidi were raised by her mother alone after this time.
Jerome later remarried. His 2nd wife was Edwina Taylor, who apparently was dating him prior to 1964 and broke up with him shortly before he married Judith. Jerome and Edwina had a daughter, Renee Berry, and it is possible they had other children as well. Note his death records show him as divorced, so it appears that his 2nd marriage also ended in divorce at some point.
It does not appear that he reconciled with Halle at any point, as she claims that they were estranged since childhood up to his death. It appears he remained around the Cleveland area for a time, and at some point may have moved nearby to Euclid. It was there that he appears to have ended up in a nursing home, where he was receiving care for Parkinson's disease. He died at the age of 68 and was buried in Cleveland Memorial Gardens in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio.
"United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:29CX-LG2 : accessed 28 April 2016), Jerome Berry, Residence, Cleveland, Ohio, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
"United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJWQ-CMGZ : accessed 28 April 2016), Jesse J Berry, Residence, Euclid, Ohio, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
"Ohio Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VKT4-S3N : accessed 28 April 2016), Jesse Berry, 24 Jan 2003; from "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing vol. 33690, certificate number 08362, Ohio Historical Society, Columbus; Ohio Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit, Columbus.
"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J1C9-7T5 : accessed 28 April 2016), Jesse J Berry, 24 Jan 2003; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
JESSE J BERRY was born 07 August 1934, received Social Security number 289-34-9289 (indicating Ohio) and, Death Master File says, died 24 January 2003.
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