- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - John M. Berry Jr., a Henry County lawyer and former state senator, has died at his home Thursday in Henry County. He was 81.

His brother, author and poet Wendell Berry, says John Berry had been battling heart problems.

“John had been ill a long time with a heart problem,” his brother, author Wendell Berry, told The Courier-Journal. “I think it’s appropriate to say that he died of old age.”

“We were friends and allies for a long time..,” Berry said. “He was capable, he was upright, he was considerate.”

John Berry served in the state Senate from 1973 to 1981, and became known for advocating for the legislature’s independence from the governor’s office.

Joe Wright, who succeeded Berry as the Senate majority leader in 1982, said when Berry came to the Kentucky Senate “”he governor ran the show. John didn’t want to be a part of that and he set about changing it. And he did it.”

Former Senate colleague Michael R. Moloney told The Lexington Herald-Leader that John Berry led a group of legislators who “would not just take a lot of bills from the governor and automatically accept them.”

Funeral services will be Monday at the Family Worship Center in Carrollton.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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