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John Walter McArthur fondly known by family and friends as Johnny and to his grandchildren as "Papoo", passed away peacefully Sunday, February 24, 2012 at his home. Johnny was born in Electric Mills, Kemper County, Mississippi May 10, 1925. He moved to Hattiesburg in 1926 with his parents Harry and Iola McArthur. He attended the University of Mississippi "Ole Miss" and received a degree in Business Administration in 1947. Upon graduation, he returned to Hattiesburg and went to work at McArthur Chevrolet managing new and used car sales. The dealership was purchased by Harry McArthur in 1926 and sold in 1959. Johnny was also co-owner of Star Chevrolet in Wiggins until he sold his interest in the dealership in 2005.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Iola McArthur.

McArthur married Nevie Ethridge on January 17, 1951. After 54 years of marriage, Johnny lost the love of his life to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis "Lou Gehrig's Disease" in May of 2005. He is survived by their three children, Walt (Christy), Barry (Peggy) and Lia (Curley) Stafford. One brother, Harry McArthur, Jr. (Mary Jo), twelve grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, four nephews and many friends.

McArthur received his Real Estate License in 1960 and opened his own real estate office in Hattiesburg, J.W. McArthur Realtor where he practiced general real estate specializing in land and farm sales and appraising. He was a member of the original Board of Directors of the Hattiesburg Area Homebuilders Association and was elected President of the Hattiesburg Board of Realtors in 1964. He was elected as a Director of the National Association of Realtors in November 1986 and served one term as the Regional Vice President. McArthur served one term as President of the Mississippi State Board of Realtors and taught Land Division and Land Sales at the Mississippi Realtor Institute for 12 years.

McArthur began developing residential subdivisions in the Hattiesburg area. Among those developed were:

1. Woodland Hills

2. Woodland Hills North

3. North Hills

4. Western Heights

5. Western Heights 2nd Addition

6. Westgate

He also developed the Broadway Mart Shopping Center in 1960 which was the first major shopping center located in Hattiesburg.

McArthur served on the Board of Directors of the Business and Industry Political Education Committee Inc. and was elected as a Trustee of then, Forrest County General Hospital on June 12, 1981 and served in that capacity till June 6, 2001. He also served as Secretary of the Board for Forrest General Hospital from June 1994 to 2001.

He attended Main Street United Methodist Church and was a faithful loyal member of that church for the pass eighty plus years. McArthur served on the Official Board of the Church and served one term as Chairman. He served on the Board of Trustees for 2 terms and taught Sunday school for 20 years. He was a member of the Men's Choral Ensemble and an Usher. McArthur served on the Aldersgate Board and was a Certified Lay Speaker.

McArthur was a member of the City of Hattiesburg Planning and Zoning Board for 25 years having served one term as President. He was a member of the Rotary Club for 50 years having served as both President and Vice President. He served on the Pat Harrison Waterway District Board and served one term as President. He was a member of the Mississippi Wildlife Federation Board of Directors for 30 years and served as Secretary and Treasury for 5 years. He was inducted into the Mississippi Wildlife Federation Hall of Fame in February 2010. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Forestry Commission for 12 years. He served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board of Hattiesburg for over 25 years and was President for 1 term. He also, in the past, chaired an annual fundraising committee for the Salvation Army. He was appointed a lifetime Member of the Advisory Board in 2006.

Visitation will be at Hulett Winstead Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 26 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. And also at Main Street United Methodist Church from 10:00 to 11:00 am on February 27 with services beginning at 11:00. Burial to be held in the Highland Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church.

Published in Clarion Ledger on Feb. 26, 2013
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