Morris Joseph “Joe” Berman, 83, of Atlanta passed away Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, from complications related to Alzheimer’s and pneumonia.
Joe was born an only child in Greensboro, Ga., on Dec. 29, 1933. An active member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, he graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in chemistry and later served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and completed a degree in pharmacy at Mercer University. Joe wed Arline Shmerling on Sept. 1, 1963, and remained happily married to his “Sweet Pea” for 53 years. Launching his career as the co-owner of the modest Piedmont Pharmacy in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, Joe was a retail pharmacist for nearly four decades. Known for his caring, playful and sometimes embarrassingly direct demeanor, he was passionate about serving his customers and providing for his family. He also enjoyed fishing, cooking, dancing, and collecting guns, knives and tools.
Joe is survived by his wife, Arline; his son, Mitchell; and his daughter, Lana. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. The funeral service and burial were held at Arlington Memorial Park on Friday, Jan. 27. Rabbi Scott Colbert of Temple Emanu-El officiated. A gathering celebrating Joe’s life is planned for 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, in the Alpharetta Room of the Atria North Point in Alpharetta. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel.