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Jimmy S. Berry, 90, of Marked Tree, departed this life on Monday, September 10, 2018 at his home. He was born on September 15, 1927 to Fred and Zona “Billye” Shelton Berry. Mr. Berry was a graduate of Harrisburg High School; a United States Army Veteran, stationed in Beijing, China; and a member of The First United Methodist Church in Marked Tree. He taught for 16 years in the Cardwell, Missouri and Manila, Arkansas School Districts, then taught History and Social Studies from 1970 to 1990 in the Marked Tree, Arkansas School District. In 2007 the Marked Tree Historical Society celebrated Mr. Berry and his wife at their annual Spring Heritage Luncheon, the mayor declared it “Jim and Melba Berry Day,” and they received a citation from the Arkansas House of Representatives. In 2014 they were co-grand Marshals of Marked Tree Christmas Parade.
Mr. Berry is preceded in death by his parents.
Jimmy is survived by his wife of 51 years, Melba Moore Berry of the home; a son, David Carson Berry, and his partner, Olga Staios, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and cousins Randy and Diane Jones and family of Harrisburg.
Memorial service will be held Thursday at 1:30 at the First United Methodist Church in Marked Tree, with Brother Dany Partlow officiating.
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