GLADEWATER — Services for Arrie Benjamin Borden Jr., 58, of Gladewater, will be 4 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Union Grove Stadium, with David Dusek and Danny Kitchens officiating. Burial will be in New White Oak Cemetery under the direction of Croley Funeral Home in Gladewater.
Born May 18, 1954, in Decatur, Alabama, he died Sunday, April 24, 2013, after a lengthy battle with his health. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a retired builder for Satterwhite Construction. He then was a substitute teacher for Union Grove High School. Arrie was an avid hunter, outdoorsman and bull rider. He coached softball for 35 years.
Any person Arrie came in contact with was immediately a part of his family. Friends became brothers and sisters; their children became nieces and nephews.
He married Mindy Kay Lee on December 30, 2005, in White Oak Community Church.
In addition to his wife, Mindy, he is survived by his mother, Ruth Borden; seven children, April Dawn Edmondson, Melissa Ann Cortez, Alisha Nobles, Kimber Nicole Borden, Matthew Lee Borden, Seth Aaron Nobles and Lexy Jeanne Clark-Borden; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kem Borden and Danny Kitchens; three sisters, Joy Verner, Paulette Sanders and Theresa DeVaney; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his family, he is also survived by a multitude of friends that he called children: Russell Harris, Nikki Youngblood, Sunni Smith, Serina Parker-Head and Scotti Agnew; and a host of others.
He was preceded in death by his father, Arrie B. Borden Sr.; a sister; and a brother.
Pallbearers will be Chris Wyatt, Brian Gray, Clifford Bible, Russell Harris, Russell Lee, Yankton Hatton, Josh Verner and Kyle Verner.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today, April 24, 2013, at Croley Funeral Home in Gladewater.
If so desired, memorials may be made to the Arrie B. Borden Jr. Scholarship Fund at Union Grove ISD, P.O. Box 1447, Gladewater, TX 75647.
Arrie was a very loving and devoted husband, father and an exceptional grandfather.
This obituary was originally published in the Longview News-Journal.