James Allen Arthur, 62 of Bedford, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at his residence. He was born on Sunday, Oct. 29, 1950 in Memphis, TN, a son of the late Allen Ward Arthur and Erma Faye Walls Arthur. Jim served eight years in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam era. He graduated from St. Leo College in Tampa, FL and was retired from ATT/Paradyne after twenty years of service. Jim was a substitute rural mail carrier in Huddleston having transferred from Tampa, Florida in 2005. He was a member of the Smith Mountain Lake Moose Lodge #2346 and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Moneta. Many of his fraternal brothers and sisters will remember Jim for his lifelong passion of singing and playing his guitar. He was referred to as "Little John Denver" by many of his musical buddies. Surviving is his wife, Donna G. Arthur; his daughters, Kristina Arthur of Bedford, Jennifer Soles and husband, Jimmy of Minot, ND. Jim was blessed with three grandsons, Tony Bianconi (21) Trevor Porterfield (17), Jordan Soles (12) and a granddaughter, Jasmin Soles (7). Surviving siblings are his brother, Joseph Arthur and wife, Suzanne of Valparaiso, FL and his sister, Janice Flowers and husband, Tim of Bedford. The family requests those wishing to make memorials to consider the
. 2316 Atherholt Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501 or the Smith Mountain Lake Moose Lodge, 1174 Morgans Church Road, Moneta, VA 24121. A celebration of life service for Jim will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 2 pm at Palestine Baptist Church, 9244 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Huddleston, VA 24104 with Rev. Don Hicks officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Huddleston.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2013