Loyd “L.B.” Berryman Jr., 83, of Bowman, died Monday at his home with family members. He is survived by his wife, Martha Scott Berryman, of the home, two daughters, Andrea Schreier (John) of Abbeville, South Carolina, and Kristi Byrd (Michael) of Danielsville; brothers Bill Berryman of Bowman and Wayne Berryman of Grovetown. Preceding him in death are his parents, Loyd and Bertie Berryman and a sister Paulette Pickren. Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Bowman Baptist Church and interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Bowman. Pruitt Funeral Home in Royston is in charge of arrangements.
Berryman was named mayor emeritus in 2006 and in 2014, the building formerly occupied by Berryman and his brother Bill was renamed the L.B. Berryman Building after a fire tragically ended the family business known as Bowmart. Of his long tenure, popularity as mayor and successful efforts in bringing grants and growth to Bowman, Berryman once said, “You have to listen to everyone. Let them have their say and then do what you believe is best for the city.” Berryman was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 19