ARNOLD, CORNELIUS "BEBE" Cornelius, lovingly known as "BeBe" was born January 31, 1930 in Wartrace, TN to the late Henry Clay Arnold and Nona Mai Arnold. He graduated from Wartrace High School in 1948 and then went on to attend the University of Louisville, where he played baseball from 1948 to 1951. During the Korean War, BeBe served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1953. In 1953, he returned to Bowling Green College of Commerce, which later became the Ford School of Business at Western Kentucky University where he graduated with a degree in accounting in 1954. Bebe's first job out of school was with Yeager, Ford and Warren as a Certified Public Accountant where he was made a partner in 1959.
In 1970, Yeager, Ford and Warren merged with Coopers and Lybrand (now Pricewaterhousecoopers) where BeBe worked for an additional nineteen years until he retired in 1989. BeBe was a member of the Crescent Hill United Methodist Church and Hunting Creek Country Club. As the Greens Chairman for 10 years at HCCC, BeBe planted countless number of trees that now line the entire course, many that he started from seed. He also took great pride in his garden, especially his tomatoes which he loved to share.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jane Ann Dudgeon, his daughters Cindy Swinney, Sara Walker (Keith) and his son Brent Arnold (Kathy) and his nine grandchildren Tyler and Logan Swinney, Josh, Paige and Bailey Walker and Adaline, Ben, Jane and Claire Arnold and his sister Sharlene Qualls.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday May 1, 2014 at Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday. Private burial is in Cave Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to Crescent Hill United Methodist Church or a
Pearson Funeral Home
149 Breckenridge Lane Louisville, KY 40207
Published in The Courier-Journal on Apr. 30, 2014