Robert Lee Arberry, 85, of Dermott, passed away on August 5, 2015 at his home.
He was born to Magglene Russ and William Moore in Monticello on April 25, 1930. At the age of two months, he was adopted by his great uncle and aunt, Hezekah and Tennessee Arberry.
Mr. Arberry accepted Christ Jesus at the age of 11 at Seven Star Missionary Baptist Church, Dermott, Arkansas, under the leadership of Pastor S. M. Taylor.
He attended Morris Booker Memorial College. In 1947, he met and married Doris Jones at the age of 17. In the early 1950s Mr. Arberry and Mrs. Arberry relocated to Pittsburg, California where Mr. Arberry’s career began at E. B. Mud Water Company, but his marriage dissolved a few years later.
In 1955, Robert met and fell in love with Ollie Jean Lewis, and to this union four children were born. However, they too parted ways in the late 1960s.
After 23 years in California, Mr. Arberry retired form E. B. Mud Water Company and moved back to Dermott, where took a job with Justice Produce Company as a truck driver. After a few years, he began a new career at the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
In 1975, Mr. Arberry and Murean Edwards built a home together where they finished raising their blended family until each child went off to live their adult lives. Robert and Murean separated in 1994, but remained friends.
Mr. Arberry was preceded in death by his parents; Hezekah and Tennessee Arberry and Magglene Russ and William Moore; two aunts, Eveleyn Russ Green and Jimmie Lee Jackson; a son David Lee Walker and stepson Otis Whitehead.
Robert is survived by his children and step children, Shena Arberry of Dermott, Tonda Smith of Oakland, California, Liberious Arberry of Dermott, Shurniece Arberry of Monticello, Jeanetta Walker of Oakland, California, Karen Nelson of Little Rock, Leroy Whitehead of St. Louis, Missouri, Ervin Whitehead of Oxnard, California, Suzette Wells of Houston, Texas, Juanita Lloyd of Little Rock, and Junetter Crockett of Pine Bluff; 23 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two sisters, Lillie Mae Parker of Dermott, and Joan Walker of Antioch, California; two cousins, Marilyn Moore and Nora Briggs; three nephews who were like sons to him, Michael Turner, Bobby Ray Parker, and his name sake, Robert Lee Parker. He will be missed but not forgotten…
Funeral service will be August 15 at 11 a.m., at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery.