Funeral services for Chief Jack Coleman Berni, 57, of Ivanhoe will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church under the direction of Wise Funeral Home of Bonham. Rev. Brad Dardaganian will officiate. Burial will follow in Willow Wild Cemetery.
Jack passed away July 18, 2016, at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas.
Jack was born April 8, 1959, in Los Angeles, Calif., son of Dr. Daniel Lee Berni and Iris Nadine Levinson Berni. He was a 1977 graduate of Bonham High School. Jack married Beverly Hilliard on Aug. 22, 1981. He was employed with the Bonham Fire Department for 36 years and retired as captain. Jack was currently the fire chief for the city of Commerce. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Texas Task Force No. 2 and numerous Fire/EMS organizations. Jack was a local businessman for 40-plus years.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jack is survived by his wife, Beverly Berni of Ivanhoe, Texas; son Scott Berni and wife Payton of Ivanhoe; daughter Sarah Berni Belt and husband, Chase of Palestine; honorary son Danner Duncan of Bonham; a sister, Jill Herz and husband Paul of Dallas; mother-in-law Cathryn Hatch of Bonham; grandchild Jaxlea Belt of Palestine; nephews Harry, Paul Jr., Jack, Paul and Thomas; a niece, Margaret; brother-in-law Mark Hilliard of Ivanhoe; and his canine companion, Lucy.
Pallbearers will be Fire Department members Chief Brad Nichols, Dusty Baker, Alan Reaves, Chris Flippin, Gabe Wittkopf, Matt McWhorter, Chance Roberts, Kirk Birdwell, Billy Hughes, Josh Cato, and Chris Bassham. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Gilbreath, Jimmy Herpeche, Press Cox, David Duncan, Steve Abbott, Tom Fox, Chester Bench and Bruce Caylor.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, www.shrinershospitalforchildren.org
Online guest register www.wisefuneralhome.com
Published on July 20, 2016