Services for William "Richard" Arnold, 77, of Arp will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Cottle Funeral Home chapel, Troup, with the Rev. Tommy Harden officiating. Burial will be in Mason Cemetery with Firemans' honors.
Mr. Arnold died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Tyler. He was born Dec. 6, 1935, in Arp to the late Loys and Clara Woolf Arnold. He was a lifelong resident of Arp and graduated from New London High School in 1954. He attended Tyler Junior College and The University of Texas
at Austin. He married Barbara Ann Anderson, Dec. 27, 1958, in Arp and was a welder for Anderson Tank Co. for 15 years. He retired from Baker Tank after 22 years. He was devoted to Arnold Farms and ranching.
Mr. Arnold joined the Arp Volunteer Fire Department in 1968 and had served as fire marshal, assistant fire chief and as president of the board for two terms.
Besides his parents, Mr. Arnold was also preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Arnold.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Barbara Arnold, Arp; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Suzanne Arnold and Mack and Kim Arnold, all of Arp; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Jim and Bess Arnold and Dr. Paul Arnold, all of Tyler; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Drs. Janice and Baker Pattillo, Nacogdoches; four grandchildren, Scott Arnold, Lauren Arnold, Matthew Arnold and Hunter Arnold; a great-granddaughter, Emori Greenhouse; nine nieces and nephews; 25 great-nieces and great-nephews; and two great- great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
Pallbearers will be Scott Arnold, Matthew Arnold, Hunter Arnold, Keith Arnold, Walt Arnold, Wes Arnold and Andy Dillard. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Arp Volunteer Fire Department.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25.
Memorials may be made to the Arp Volunteer Fire Department, 107 W. Longview, Arp, 75750; or The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701.
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