REVEREND ROBERT THOMAS ARNOLD
Dec. 15, 1934 - Nov. 22, 2013
Celebration of Life service will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, 120 E. Holt Ave., El Centro for Rev. Robert T. Arnold, 78, of El Centro, who went home to be with the Lord Friday, November 22, 2013.
Church services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, December 6, 2013 at St. Peter and Paul Episcopal Church, 500 S. 5th St., El Centro, CA. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro immediately following the service.
Rev. Robert T. Arnold was born on December 15, 1934, to Clifton Arnold and Roberta Sims, in Lewisville, Arkansas. In 1952 he moved to San Diego, CA and joined The Greater Trinity Baptist Church. He announced his calling into the ministry in 1954, and was ordained on December 8, 1957.
In 1966, Rev. Arnold was called to pastor Sweet Home Missionary Home Baptist Church, in El Centro, CA and then in 1975 relocated to Texas where he Pastored Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Kern, Texas. In 1978, Rev. Arnold was called back to Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church where he has been for 49 years. Rev. Arnold was associated with the Imperial Valley/Yuma Area Ministerial Alliance.
Rev. Arnold was preceded in death by wife Evelyn; mother and father; daughter Charisma Arnold-Davis; grand- daughter Tayshavi Arnold; six brothers, Maurice, Karl, James, Melvin, Ora, and Jimmy; four sisters, Senitas, Ruth, Helen and Cassandra.
Loved ones left to cherish his memories are his: son, Gary Arnold (Venus), San Diego, CA; daughters, Karen Thorpe (Walter), San Diego, CA, Rae Wright (Moses), Chula Vista, CA and Kimberly Arnold (Alvin), National City, CA; grandchildren, Keetra Arnold, Carla Arnold, Randy Brice, Karlis Thorpe, Richard McNeil, Michael McAlpine, Alonzo and Myles Wright, Monroe, Joseph and Jazzmin Davis, and Josiayah Parham; four brothers, Deacon McArthur Conner (Ethel), Hope, AR, Elder Willis Conner, Los Angeles, CA, Rev. Curtiss Conner, DeSota, TX, and Deacon John Conner Jr., Dallas, TX; two sisters, Dorothy Cole (Floyd), Dallas, TX and Delois Sheppard, Denton, TX; along with a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.
In lieu of flowers donation can be made to Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, 120 E. Holt St., El Centro, CA 92243.