Hall of Fame

Robert “Butch” Berry, Class of 1966

Induction Class of 2006
Track & Football

Berry’s freshman year he was the starting defensive halfback, alternate offensive tailback, and a special teams player. He helped the Trojans go 7-3 and was selected as the MVP. Robert almost played every play in every game his sophomore year. He was the starting offensive halfback, a defensive safety, a punt returner, a kickoff returner, a member of the kickoff team, and the holder for field goals. Berry served as co-captain for several games I 1965 and was one of three players considered for All-State honors. During his sophomore year Berry ran track and won every 880yard race right up to the State Track Meet where he ran 1:57, two seconds faster than the state record. Robert was also a member of the undefeated mile relay team that remained undefeated by winning the State Title.

Berry went on to play defensive halfback, kick and punt returner, and alternate offensive tailback for the Choctaws at MC. After a knee injury Berry was offered a scholarship from Delta State to run on their Cross Country team. He earned a B.S. in Social Science before serving in the Vietnam War.

He joined the Air Force in 1969 and remained there for 20 years. Berry was selected into Officers Training School and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He also selected for USAF Special Operations Forces in 1980 where he spent 10 years of his flying career in surface-to-air recovery operations. He retired in 1998.

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