Services for Clara Arnold, 101, Arp, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the First United Methodist Church, Arp, with the Revs. Ben Simpson, Molly Simpson and David Banks officiating. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery, Arp, under direction of Cottle Funeral Home, Troup.
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Mrs. Arnold died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at her residence. She was born Oct. 16, 1909, in Arp to the late Walter Scott Woolf and Molly Delora Bradford Woolf. She was a lifetime resident of Arp. She was salutatorian of the Arp High School class of 1926 and graduated from Tyler Commercial College in 1928. After graduation she worked for Arp Nursery until her marriage in November of 1929.
She worked with her husband in Arnold's Garage from 1943 until his death in 1989. She continued working at the garage until her retirement in 2007, at the age of 98. Arnold's Garage was a Texaco dealer from 1928 until 2007.
She had also served as a deputy clerk for Smith County.
Mrs. Arnold served on the Ebenezer Cemetery Board and was its treasurer for many years.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Arp, where she was president of the Willing Workers Sunday School Class. She also served on the church's administrative board and was its financial secretary.
Mrs. Arnold married Loys Arnold in November 1929. He preceded her in death June 7, 1989. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Ann Arnold, in 1962, and two brothers, Herbert Woolf in 1988, and Allen Woolf in 1995.
Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Jim and Bess Arnold and Dr. Paul Arnold, all of Tyler, and Richard and Barbara Arnold, Arp; nine grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Tim Simpson, Drew Landes, Keith Arnold, Walt Arnold, Wes Arnold, Bill Arnold and Mack Arnold.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jake Bradford and Bunky Bradford.
The family would like to express grateful appreciation to Mary Ann Ghoukas, Mrs. Arnold's caregiver for many years.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the charity of your choice.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14.
To view online or sign the guestbook, go to www.cottlefuneralhome.com.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph from Sept. 13 to Sept. 14, 2011