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Melrose - Frederick "Fred" Burt Arnold of Melrose, Florida, age 86, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Mr. Arnold was born in Sarasota, Florida, on August 14, 1926, to P.T. Dix and Susan Hullinger Arnold. He graduated from P.K. Yonge High School in Gainesville; served in the Pacific during World War II with the U.S. Navy; and was one of the first graduates of the Real Estate degree program from the College of Business, University of Florida. He founded Arnold Realty Company of Gainesville, Inc. and operated it for more than 50 years, for the last 25 years devoted exclusively to appraisal services. He was among the first licensed Mortgage Brokers in Florida. Among other professional activities, Mr. Arnold served as President of the Gainesville Board of Realtors and held various leadership positions with the National Association of Realtors, including National Director. He was also active in many local service organizations such as the Exchange Club.
Mr. Arnold was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Marie Ann Merwin Arnold. He is survived by his wife, Beverly A. Shea of Melrose, Florida, and a sister, Dr. L. Rose Arnold of Melrose, Florida; daughter, Susan A. Kubota and husband Hide Kubota of Gainesville; son, Charles F. Arnold and wife Dr. Jane F. Arnold of Tampa; stepson, Franklin S. King and wife Megan; grandchildren, Tyson A. Kubota and Evan A. Kubota of New York, New York, and Alison Marie Arnold of Tampa, Florida; step grandson Tristan M. King, step granddaughter, Morgan King of Interlachen, Florida.
The family will receive friends on Friday, December 7th, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Downtown, 404 N. Main Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601. A funeral service will be held at the same location on Saturday, December 8th at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Nature Coast Hospice of Palatka, Florida, 6721 Crill Avenue, Palatka, Florida 32177.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8, 2012