ONSLOW COUNTY - UPDATE:
Cheryl Berry was set to be laid to rest Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Trent River Oakey Grove Headquarters Building with Bishop B.R. Anderson officiating. She was a postal clerk with the U.S. Post Office. She was a member of St. Paul Free Will Baptist Church and a conference worker with the United American Free Will Baptist Denomination. She was killed March 17 by an alleged drunk driver.
That driver, Ronald Mehrley, has posted bond and is no longer in jail.
Cheryl Berry loved God, family, hard work and life. But on the night of St. Patrick?s Day, her life was cut short by an alleged drunk driver.
Troopers say 40-year-old Ronald Mehrley, a man with a prior DWI conviction, drove his pick-up truck head on into Berry and her husband?s Cadillac CTS.
Troopers say the couple was driving south on Highway 17 when they were hit by Mehrley?s pick-up truck which was traveling in the opposite direction. Cheryl, 53, died at the scene. Charles suffered injuries that were not life threatening in the crash.
Berry?s father, Johnny Whitfield, said the entire family had attended a banquet for the pastor of their church in Trenton earlier that night. Berry?s niece, Anica Whitfield, said that Cheryl Berry will be missed by her three living siblings, her father, her husband and her 17-year-old son.
?She was a friend to a lot of people. Her co-workers have really been affected by this, our family, our church family. It's really affected a lot of people,? Whitfield said.
Whitfield said Berry worked in the Jacksonville U.S. Post Office for over 15 years. She said Berry always made sure her son had everything he needed in life.
?He is graduating this year, going to college, and prom, so many things that his mom is going to miss. But he's okay. We're going to take care of him and his dad because that's what we do. We're gonna make it,? Whitfield said.
Berry?s father, Johnny, said he is asking God to give him strength.
?I miss that. She called me every day, made sure I was alright and she'd come by, sit down and talk with me a few minutes,? he said.
Ronald Mehrley had his first appearance in Onslow County District Court on Monday. He faces a second degree murder charge, aggravated felony death, DWI, reckless driving and driving left of center.