Thomas Alfred Arnold, 94, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend, went to be with our Lord Monday, October 1, 2012. Tom was born on July 6, 1918, in Orange, to Thomas Jordan and Myrtle Pharr Arnold. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and maintained his commitment serving our Lord and Savior. Tom was preceded in death by his loving wife of seventy-two years, Flora Lake Arnold; his sister, Eloise Arnold Ritter; and one brother, Roy Rolston Arnold. Tom was a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, in the year of 1941. Tom left Aggie Land to serve his country as an officer in the United States Army. Tom retired from Dupont Sabine River Works as a Maintenance Supervisor. Tom is survived by his three sons, William Thomas Arnold, Robert Glenn Arnold, Ronald James Arnold; and one daughter, Sandra Sue Schiller. Tom had eight grandchildren, Marcy Lynn McHugh, Monica Cashion, Mark Thomas Arnold, Marlana Arnold Benda, David Arnold, Shanna Arnold Turner, Jonathan Ryan Arnold, and Christopher M. Schiller. Tom was also blessed with twenty-eight great grandchildren. Tom will always be alive in hearts of his loved ones and friends. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 4, 2012, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City. The funeral service will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m., at St. Paul United Methodist Church, with Pastor Brad Morgan officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 3, 2012