William Earl (Honey) Berry passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at the Magnolia Regional Medical Center in
Magnolia, Arkansas. Honey was born on February 4, 1946, in Waldo, Arkansas to the late Olden and Ardie Mae
Honey united with Westside Church of Christ in Waldo, Arkansas at an early age and after returning to Waldo, he
faithfully attended until his passing.
Honey attended Waldo Westside School where he was a standout player on the Waldo Tigers basketball team while
in high school. After graduation, he attended AM&N College, which is now University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where
he was a member of the Royal Knights.
Honey relocated to Los Angeles, California where he had various employment endeavors from office work to
managing a band. The career that gave him the most joy was as a long-haul truck driver. He liked traveling to various
states and the freedom of the open road. Honey retired from truck driving in 2010.
Honey returned to Waldo, Arkansas after the death of his father and moved into the family home. He was able to
fulfill the wishes of his mother to return to her home before her passing in 2015. He was always willing to help when
called upon by family members to drive them places they needed to go. He could be seen doing his daily five mile
walk and waving his hand in greeting to friends and neighbors along the walk. He recently came out of retirement to
work for Car Mart in Magnolia, Arkansas. He enjoyed working with his co-workers and loved driving the open road
again, to pick up and deliver vehicles for Car Mart.
Honey was preceded in death by his father and mother, brothers, Charles Edward Berry and Olden Berry, Jr. He is
survived by his daughters, Andrea Berry of San Diego, California and Keelani Thompson of Texarkana, Texas;
grandchildren, Arias Webster Berry of Lancaster, Texas, Kashyra (Norman) Thompson of Plano, Texas, Absalom Lewis,
Jr. of Texarkana, Texas, Kelston Joseph of Houston, Texas, Ke’lond Thompson and Akyra Thompson of Texarkana,
Texas; brothers, Billy (Vickie) Berry of Texarkana, Texas and Luke (Elvira) Berry of Dallas, Texas; sisters, Thelma Still of
Riverside, California and Vacie Thomas of Los Angeles California; aunts, Mae Helen (Jimmy) Smith of Waldo,
Arkansas, Connie Maloney of Dallas, Texas, and Lou Ester Williams of Waldo, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews;
special friends, Bobbie Jean Roy and Truman Young of Waldo, Arkansas and Annie Louise Walker of Bradley,
Arkansas; and a number of relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at the Westside Church of Christ in Waldo,
Arkansas with Brother Juerga Smith officiating. Burial will be at Smith Cemetery under the direction of Marks Funeral
Home of Magnolia, Arkansas.
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