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Fentress Mortuary

1805 North A Street, Fort Smith, AR

OBITUARY

Anthony "Tony" Paul Scherrey

December 12, 1940September 18, 2019
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Anthony “Tony” Paul Scherrey, went to meet his Lord on September 18, 2019. He was born December 12, 1940 as the second oldest of eleven children born to the late John and Mary Margaret (Kayser) Scherrey. He is preceded in death by his brothers William “Billy” and John Charles. After graduating from St. Anne’s Academy in 1958, Tony joined the U.S. Army Reserves. While serving active duty, Tony was proud to have received the award for “Outstanding Military Instructor” from General Bell. While in the reserves, Tony began his college education at the University of Arkansas, chose the field of education because he wanted to “help children” and married his high school sweetheart, Claudia Robbins. After graduating with a BS in Education in 1964, he began what became a 50 year career in public school service. During that time, he received an MS in Education, and he and his wife moved to Arizona where he worked in various roles in education including teaching on a Navajo Reservation, Principal of Salome High School, and Superintendent of Public Schools in Parker, Arizona. In 1973 he and his young family moved back to Arkansas because they wanted to “come back home.” Tony spent the next 32 years working as an administrator in various roles for Fort Smith Public Schools until he retired in 2005 as Assistant Superintendent of the Department of Instructional Services. During those years as an administrator, he was well known throughout the community of schools as a strong supporter of teachers and administrative staff, many of which he considered friends, and by his frequent attendance at various athletic events, especially “rival school” competitions. While working and raising his family, Tony continued his own pursuit of higher education and in 1989 he proudly received his Doctorate of Education. During the years of his retirement Tony enjoyed mostly spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and his extended family whether at the lake, hunting, fishing, or trying to win a poker game or two. Tony loved to golf and never said no to a game especially with Big John, Les, the “two Pauls,” and many others- you know who you are! At the age of 73, he was thrilled to be the Senior Club Champion of the 2014 Cedars Golf Tournament. Visitation will be 6:30 PM Tuesday, September 24, 2019 followed by the Rosary at 7:00 PM at Fentress Mortuary Chapel. Memorial Mass will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Christ the King Catholic Church with the placement of his cremains to follow in the church Columbarium. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 57 years Claudia (Robbins) Scherrey and their four children: Ben and wife Mai of Bangkok, Thailand, Edd and husband Amos of Memphis,TN, Serena of Fort Smith, AR, and Mary Ruth and husband John of Southbury, CT. Tony loved his grandchildren including three granddaughters, Charlotte, Caroline, and Olivia, and six grandsons, Morgan, Preston, John Henry, Sammy, Danny and Tony and enjoyed spending as much time with each of them as possible. He was also a proud uncle and great uncle to numerous nieces, nephews and their children. He is also survived by his eight siblings and their spouses: Mary Margaret and Ron Peek-Cabot, David and Rochelle Scherrey, Greenwood, Father Michael Scherrey, Ottowa, Canada, Joe and Margaret Scherrey, Ft. Smith, Anna and Louis Stutts, Ft. Smith, Amelia and Gary Hamm, Greenwood, Steven and Loretta Scherrey, Conway, Patrick and Debbie Scherrey, Little Rock, and sister in –law Theresa (Moellers) Scherrey, McAllen, TX. Flowers may be sent to the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to the charity of one’s choice.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, September 24, 2019
  • Rosary Tuesday, September 24, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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Bruce Vick

September 23, 2019

Claudia and family ,
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Dr. Scherrey was a great man who had a great influence on my teaching career. He was a kind and caring administrator and was well respected by all who knew him. We are all better for having known him

Louise Finney

September 23, 2019

Amelia, reading Dr. Scherrey’s obituary, I was surprised to see that you are his sister. Such small world.

I taught at Chaffin during many years of his service and always had respect for him.

Hope you and Gary are well.
( Sure you remember I lived across the street in Wycklow Addition.)

Thoughts and prayers with your entire family.

Serena Scherrey Smith

September 23, 2019

Serena Scherrey Smith

September 23, 2019

Serena Scherrey Smith

September 23, 2019

Serena Scherrey Smith

September 23, 2019

Serena Scherrey Smith

September 23, 2019

Serena Scherrey Smith

September 23, 2019

Serena Scherrey Smith

September 23, 2019

Serena Scherrey Smith

September 23, 2019

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