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Clarence Berry Rose

September 6, 1921 — August 8, 2017

Clarence Berry Rose, 95, of Hardy, Arkansas, passed away August 8, 2017, in Jonesboro. He was born September 6, 1921, in the Wirth community to Clarence O. and Lula (Schuster) Rose. After serving his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, Berry worked as a public servant in Hardy most of his adult life; he was City Recorder/Treasurer for 35 years and was instrumental in establishing the Volunteer Fire Department. He also worked as City Water & Sewer Superintendent for 18 years. Berry was employed by the Hardy School District for 10 years as a bus driver and mechanic, and he worked as a substitute mail carrier for several years. He was a deacon of Spring River Baptist Church, a Mason for more than 50 years and a past Master of Wilson Lodge 432, as well as a member of the NRA. He loved fishing and quail hunting. Berry was preceded in death by his wife, Flora (Peace) Rose; brothers, Theron C. and Paul E. Rose; sisters, Dovie Baker-Nelson and Eileen James-Sillo. Survivors include his children: Berry Wayne Rose (Paula) of Hardy and Katherine Gail Wiggins (Clay) of Ash Flat, Arkansas; two brothers, Kenneth O. Rose of Shoshone, Idaho, and Peter F. Rose of Wirth; three grandchildren: Christopher W. Rose of Charleston, South Carolina, Bradley G. Kerr of The Woodlands, Texas, and Brittney Rose (Kerr) Burgess of Ash Flat; six great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and good friends. Services are scheduled for Saturday, August 12, 2017, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. and funeral starting at 11 in Spring River Baptist Church north of Hardy. Burial with Masonic rites will follow in Baker Community Cemetery north of Ozark Acres. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are encouraged to the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews, Jonesboro, AR 72401, or in honor of great-grandchildren to Arkansas Children's Hospital, PO Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203. Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Arkansas.
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