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Leon "Chu" Berry
Birth: Sep. 13, 1908
Ohio County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 31, 1941
Ashtabula County
Ohio, USA

Jazz Musician, better known as "Chu" Barry. A saxophonist, had his life not been prematurely shortened, many jazz aficionados suggest that he might have become the most significant jazz saxophonists of the 20th century. Among the major groups with which he played were the bands of Benny Carter, Teddy Hill, Fletcher Henderson and Cab Calloway. He was named to "Metronome" magazines All-Star Bands of 1937 and 1938 that included Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, Harry James, Jack Teagarden, Teddy Wilson, Bob Haggart, Gene Krupa and Ella Fitzgerald. He died as the result of injuries he received in an accident near Conneaut, Ohio three days earlier while a passenger in an auto taking members of the Cab Calloway Band to an engagement in Toronto. He was initially interred in Peninsula Cemetery. In 1964, part of Peninsula Cemetery was excavated to make room for the I-70 Wheeling Tunnel thoroughfare. Berry was among those who were moved from Peninsula Cemetery to Mt. Zion Cemetery at that time. Today, he rests in an unmarked grave in a grassy knoll section of Mt. Zion that accommodated those moved from Peninsula. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett) 
Family links: 
  Brown Berry (1856 - 1928)
  Margaret Glasgow Berry (1881 - 1945)
  Leon Berry (1908 - 1941)*
  Leon Berry (1908 - 1941)
*Calculated relationship
Peninsula Cemetery *
Ohio County
West Virginia, USA
*Former burial location
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Record added: Apr 15, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 9105
Leon Chu Berry
Added by: Warrick L. Barrett
Leon Chu Berry
Added by: Warrick L. Barrett
Leon Chu Berry
Added by: Warrick L. Barrett
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- Mary Ann Weshinskey
 Added: Feb. 20, 2015
This is not the location of Leon "Chu" Berry gravestone. He shares a stone with his mother in the Greenwood Cemetery, Ohio County, Wheeling, WV. I have written a message to FAG about this but they not changed the location. You can see his stone on his mot...(Read more)
- Peace4me
 Added: Dec. 6, 2014
- Mike Caldwell
 Added: Oct. 31, 2014
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