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Joyce Arnold, age 83, wife of Vernon Burrow, passed away at their home in Murfreesboro on Monday, November 25, 2013.
She was a native of Elmer, Oklahoma and was the daughter of the late Wiley and Kate Mayo Tucker. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Clifford Bryant Arnold, Jr., who died in 1986; and sister, Peggy Jackson.
Mrs. Arnold is survived by her husband, Vernon Burrow; son, Clifford B. Arnold III; daughters, Charlotte McAnally and her husband Harry, and Brenda Cobble and her husband K.C., all of Smyrna; brothers, J.L. Tucker of Elmer, Oklahoma, Jimmy Dan Tucker and his wife Frances of Denison, TX and Bob Tucker of Elmer, Oklahoma; sisters, Blanche Booth and her husband Bob of Nocona, TX, Billye McLaughlin of Scottsdale, AZ and Fern Hasty and her husband Preston of Arlington, TX; nine grandchildren, Monica Museler and her husband Michael, Kate Andrews and her husband Clint, Joseph Rollins and his wife Joshua, Amanda Rollins, Andy Rollins, Cody Cobble, Chad Cobble and his wife Shannon, Kasey Cobble and his wife Julie, and Josh Cobble and his wife Sara. She was the proud and loving great-grandmother to fifteen great-grandchildren. She is survived by her four sisters-in-law, Alice Cook, Annie Harper, Janie Blair and Dorothy Morris. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, at St. Marks United Methodist Church. Rev. Martha Touchton and Rev. Jim Clardy will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
She attended Southside School in Hess, Oklahoma. After graduating in 1948, she attended college in Wichita Falls, TX. Shortly after, she met and married Cliff Arnold, a member of the United States Air Force. Joyce and Cliff traveled the world and fulfilled her lifelong ambition to see faraway places. Along the way they had three children, Charlotte, Trip and Brenda.
In 1965, she moved to Murfreesboro, TN and become a committed member of St. Marks United Methodist Church and served for over 46 years in many capacities. Joyce was always proud to help members of St. Marks in any endeavor. In addition to her many years at St. Marks, she also served her community in many ways, including Community Helpers and Room at the Inn.
After many jobs as an administrative assistant for businesses in Murfreesboro, she retired as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Veterans Administration Hospital in 1994. She then went to work part time as Manager for Sanbyrn Hall Condominiums where she worked for 12 years. She also enjoyed landscaping and decorating her home.
In 2009, she married Vernon Burrow, a Cumberland Presbyterian minister. His church, New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church, welcomed her with open arms. She spent four wonderful years with Vernon and his church. In four short years, she made a difference in the lives of many people and greatly strengthened New Hope Church. She was truly a partner in ministry with Vernon.
Grandsons and sons-in-law will serve as Active Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Dan Scott Sunday School Class at St. Marks United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to St. Marks United Methodist Church (1267 N Rutherford Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37130); or New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church (7845 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon, TN 37087).
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, at Woodfin Memorial Chapel, (615) 893-5151. Online condolences can be made at www.woodfinchapel.com
Woodfin Funeral Chapel
1488 LASCASSAS PIKE
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Published in The Daily News Journal from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29, 2013