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Colonel Charles "Charlie" Berkey

Obituary for Colonel Charles "Charlie" Berkey

November 9, 1924 - August 23, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 94


Colonel Charles "Charlie" Berkey of San Antonio, Texas passed away August 23, 2019 at the age of 94.

Charlie was born in Georgia but considered San Antonio, his home. In 1943 he graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio. Later he attended the Officers Candidate School and soon after left the United States for his tour of duty in Japan. In Japan he served under General MacArthur for the next two years. Upon his return to the United States in 1947, Charlie enrolled himself into the University of Texas at Austin and in 1951 graduated with a BBA in Industrial Management and in 1952 he earned his MBA. During his time at the University of Texas, Charlie was very involved in his collegiate experience. He earned the Silver Medallion from the Chancellor's Council, was a member of the management staff, the interfraternity council, a Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) member, Daily Texas' "Man of the Week", student representative of the business school, and involved in the Texas Cowboys UT chapter. Charlie was also the Fiji corresponding secretary and IFC representative.

After college he moved into his professional career with Proctor & Gamble in Dallas, Texas. He stayed with P&G until his retirement in 1988. He enjoyed many successes in several departments including company recruitment. He also received their award in 1977 for Outstanding Humanitarian Contributions and Superior Achievement presented by the National Career Centers-USA division.

Charlie enjoyed golfing and was active at both the Clover Nook Country Club in Cincinnati and the Brook Valley Country Club in Greenville. He was president of the Men's Association at BVCC on two separate occasions and was always active in the yearly Member/Guest tournaments. In 1981 Charlie was written up in the Daily Reflector for shooting a 70 on the 18 holes at BVCC, where on the back 9 he made a hole in one.

After retirement, he returned to his Texas roots and took up residence, once again, in San Antonio. In 1990 Charlie and Betty "Beany" Nessly married. Charlie and Beany knew each other from their Thomas Jefferson H.S. days and in college they often double-dated with his best friend Charlie Parker. Beany and Charlie enjoyed travelling, working on community projects, attending UT alumni events -including Texas Exes, and UT football games. They were active in many organizations as well as members of First Presbyterian Church, where Charlie was a bible study leader.

After graduation Charlie did not forget his appreciation to the University of Texas. He continued to stay very active in various associations including: The Littlefield Society, Ex Students Association, President's Association, Century Club, Sigma Iota Epsilon, Cowboy Alumni Board life member, the San Antonio chapter of the Texas Exes Longhorn Club, the Longhorn Foundation, the Eyes of Texas Scholarship and Foundations committee, as well as his involvement in the Fiji's which included 2000 Chairman of the Host Committee and the President of the House Corporation in the 90s. He was also the winner of the Fiji's Certificate of Appreciation for the Archons for Outstanding Service to the fraternity.

Beany and Charlie also enjoyed many evenings with their friends at the Petroleum Club until Betty's passing in November of 2017.

Charles Berkey is survived by his daughters, Dawn Alison Berkey and Tara Berkey Cobb; as well as his step-sons, George Livesay and John Livesay. Charlie was the proud grandfather of Mario Rosales, Andreas Rosales, Nicholas Berkey, Catherine Berkey McClanahan, Chloe Parker Cobb, and Sullivan Hutton Cobb.

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Rev. Scott Simpson will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Interfaith Welcome Coalition (ICW). A San Antonio faith-based movement meeting the needs of asylum seekers, refugees, and at-risk immigrants in collaboration with others.

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