Photos by Alex Killingsworth, Berry Senior
Berry annually holds a homecoming church service at Possum Trot on the third Sunday of September. This year, homecoming gathered former students of the school at Possum Trot and their families, tracing a tradition back to the 1930s. Glenoka Parker, for example, one of 22 children, moved to Possum Trot at the invitation of Martha Berry in the late 1950s, she said. For her birthday, and those of her (then) 15 siblings, Ms. Berry would bake a cake, Parker said, “with her own hands.”
At this year’s service, Dr. Mary Outlaw, who retired from the Charter School faculty, provided some history and welcomed the Possum Trot “family” home. Dr. Jonathan Huggins, Berry’s chaplain, delivered the opening prayer. And senior Blake Dean delivered the day’s message, from Matthew 18. Afterwards, as every year, it was time to dine. Classic Fare fried chicken and Vesty’s home-made pound cake were among the culinary highlights.