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Roney Wilson Berryhill, age 73 of Warren, died Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at St. Anthony Healthcare Center in Warren. He was born August 28, 1945 in Clinton, Kentucky, son of the late Edward Wilson and the late Martha Elizabeth (nee: Jackson) Berryhill.

Working as a Journeyman in the automotive industry, that obviously makes a strong statement regarding Roney's aptitude, skills and interest when it came to all-things-cars. After all, it's the industry in which he devoted the lion's share of his working years and the greatest portion of his abilities. But this isn't where his skill set got its start. As a much younger man, Roney was the owner & proprietor of his own gas/service station where he managed to get his hands dirty on many-an-automobile that made their way into his shop. He simply possessed an incredible amount of natural talents when it came to wrenching on cars, and it call seemed to blossom from that time in his life. Fast-forward to the present,…and even amidst his full time job, Roney was known for being the "Go-To-Guy" if your car was acting up or on the fritz. Some have wondered if HE just might have been the inspiration for the infamous, Mr. Goodwrench? If a hobby is to be recognized where Roney is concerned, then working & tinkering on cars was definitely it.

When he wasn't on the job or fixin' a car, then you just might have found him manning the other piece of metal work in which he took great pride,…his coveted BBQ! That's right, Baby,…Qin' up a slab of those delicious ribs he was noted for would have your mouth watering before they even made it to your plate. Roney was definitely the "Master of his Domain" when stationed at his grill,…and a BBQ meal at his place was just as special as dining at any 5-Star restaurant in town. For any true BBQer out there, they'll easily attest to the fact that it's more of a gift than a skill,…which made Roney an artiste!

As for a little laid back entertainment, Roney loved the moments when he could catch some of the older movies on television,…especially his favorites, the iconic westerns starring John Wayne. And if not for the westerns, then he was perfectly happy enjoying a bit of the slapstick humor of the Three Stooges. Perhaps some of the most hilarious comedy to come out of the 50's & 60's, Roney was of the generation (as many of us were/are) that withstood a great deal of seriousness in life,…and laughing at those goofballs, and their antics, was the perfect escape and helped prove the point that "laughter is the best medicine."

Roney was known for being quite the gregarious guy, the kind of guy you just liked being around,…and nobody knew this better than three of his closest neighbors, relationships he shared with each that bound them together with the closeness of family. Even though unrelated by blood, you'd never know by watching and listening to them that they weren't true family. Yet labels meant nothing to Roney. The love and care he held for these dear friends rivaled whatever the Nelson's, the Walton's, or the Ingall's could throw at us.

Yet Roney's greatest love stories were those shared in the company of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, those bright & cheery stars that orbited his universe and provided their own source of sunshine that illuminated his life beyond expression. Family meant the world to Roney, and spending time making precious memories together is what he lived for and cherished immeasurably. A loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Roney gave with all he had and asked for nothing in return. His love was of the unselfish and unconditional kind, a love that will be embraced with each reflection shared by those who were blessed to know him. He touched a multitude of hearts and souls in his journey this side of Heaven,…may he, now, rest in peace.

Roney was the dear father of Rhonda (Al) Johnson, Veronica (Joe) Granata, and Edward (Michelle) Berryhill. Loving grandfather of Allen, Michael, Matthew, Nicole (Forrest), Nathan, Samantha, and great-grandfather of Avery, Ethan, Benjamin, and Judah. Brother of Edwinta (the late Gary) Ferguson, and Mickey (Anthony) Pobocik. Roney was the beloved uncle of Steven, Stacey, Betsy, Taylor, and Madison.

Visitation for Roney will be held on Friday, February 8th from 3-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren.

His Funeral Service will be conducted on Saturday, 12:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations are welcomed to Southern Care Hospice, 34051 S. Gratiot Avenue, Suite 103, Clinton Township, Michigan, 48035. (www.southerncarehospice.com)

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