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Old Fort - Connie Arrowood, 48, passed away peacefully at her home in Old Fort, April 26, 2014 with family by her side. Connie was born to the late William Tankersley and Virginia Walker Tankersley September 24, 1965 in Statesboro, Ga.
In addition to her father, Connie is preceded in death by her brother, Kenny Tankersley of Statesboro, Georgia.
Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Virginia; her loving husband, Boyd Arrowood of Old Fort, NC; her daughter, Laura Arrowood and fiance, Dusty Procter; her son and daughter-in-law, Clayton and Casadi Arrowood of Hendersonville, NC; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Vinita and Larry Turner of Millen, Georgia and Joyce and Leon Parrish of Savannah, Georgia; her brothers and sisters in-law, Stephen Tankersley and Frankie and Judy Tankersley of Statesboro, Georgia; her mother and father in-law, Shirley Burgin Arrowood and Charles Arrowood of Marion, NC; brothers and sisters-in-law, Merrill and Kathy Davis of Old Fort, NC, Brian and Kim Arrowood of Weddington, NC, Karen and Chris Packer of Lincolnton, NC, Laura and Jim Hill of Marion; and 19 nieces and nephews as well as a multitude of great nieces and nephews.
Connie's courageous battle with cancer was an inspiration to her family and friends. She was known for her beautiful prayers, testimony and taking every opportunity to witness and share her faith with those near to her. She will be remembered for her infectious laugh, wonderful sense of humor, always focusing "on the positive" and love for everyone she met. Connie's approach to life was that "strangers are only friends you have yet to meet".
In addition to spending time with family and friends, Connie loved the mountains, the home she shared with her family, stamping and scrapbooking, jewelry design and fabrication, camping and vacations spent at the beach. Connie spoke often about her love for the sound of the ocean, waves, sunshine and gentle ocean breeze. Until her health declined, Connie was a dedicated nurse at Mission Hospital. She was respected and beloved by her colleagues not only for her clinical skills but also her love for her patients and the nurturing and spiritual touch she provided for those under her care.
Connie was a devoted member of the Mount Hebron Wesleyan Church and loved and was loved by her church family. She often spoke of the blessings she received being part of the "Crooked Creek Community" and dearly loved her neighbors and friends.
The family will receive friends, Tuesday, April 29 at Westmoreland Funeral Home - Old Fort Chapel from 5 to 7 PM. A Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, April 30 at 11 AM at Mt. Hebron Wesleyan Church with Pastor Todd Hinson and her first cousin Keith Walker officiating. Burial will be a private ceremony at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Mt. Hebron Wesleyan Church, 2504 Mt. Hebron Road, Old Fort, NC 28762.
Westmoreland Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.
Words of comfort may be made online at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.
Westmoreland Funeral Home
220 South Main Street Marion, NC 28752
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Apr. 29, 2014