BOONE-One of the survivors of a tragic plane crash at Boone Golf Course in April succumbed to his injuries last weekend.
Steven Cox Berry, 43, of Banner Elk, died May 29, according to updates posted to a GoFundMe page raising money for Berry’s significant medical expenses and an obituary posted online.
Berry is the second man killed in connection to a small plane crash that occurred the afternoon of April 25, at the Boone Golf Course.
According to the Boone Police Department, Berry and Benjamin (Ben) Franklin Chappell, age 69, of Boone were passengers in a small aircraft flown by John Field Worsley II, 68, of Lenoir. Reports say the plane had taken off from Boone Airport when it clipped some trees and came crashing to the ground.
Chappell, a well known retired North Carolina State Trooper, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Berry and Worsley were transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with critical injuries.
Worsley’s current condition is unknown, and the crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Berry attended Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, according to his obituary, and was the Director of Operations at the Boone Airport. He was beginning to start sightseeing tours in the Boone area.
Berry is survived by his wife, Annette; sister, Susan and husband, David, and their son, Cliff Winters, all of Clemson, SC.,mother-in-law, Anna Bell Richards; sisters-in-law, Lisa and husband Nick Naoum and family, Melinda and husband Sean, and their children, Madyson and Ian Ward; and brother-in-law, Charles and wife, Christy and their sons, Landon and Tristin Arnett. He is also survived by many cousins and close friends.
The family has planned a casual celebration of life service for Berry on Saturday, June 4th at the Boone Airport.