Community Mourns Henryetta Middle School Teacher Killed In Car Accident

Tuesday, September 7th 2021, 10:19 pm
By: Grant Stephens

HENRYETTA, Oklahoma -

The Henryetta community is grieving the loss of a middle school teacher who was killed in a crash.

The loss of Tina Berry leaves huge shoes to fill, but the students and staff at Henryetta Middle School are trying to keep pushing forward. They said that's what she would've wanted.

Principal Jayme Matlock said it's been a tough day for everyone at Henryetta Middle School, after they learned of the deadly crash Monday night that took Berry's life.

"Having to tell the staff and the students today that she wouldn't be with us was really difficult," Matlock said.

Berry was a beacon of joy, laughter, and happiness. That's how middle school Secretary Beth Potter remembers her.

"She was a person that loved life," she said.

Facebook posts from parents and fellow staff members paint the picture of a very loved person. They tell of hurt hearts and prayers, of a friend and fellow baseball fan, but most of all a shining light with a bright personality and a smile that lit up the room.

"She always had a positive take on how to get through a difficult circumstance," Matlock said. "My words to the students were basically what Ms. Berry would've said to them. We'll get through this together."

Though the sun may have set on Ms. Berry's life, her glow burns bright in the hearts and minds of students and teachers forever.