William Vance Arnold Jr., 75, of Raleigh, died Sunday, August 14, 2011, at his home in Raleigh.
Mr. Arnold was born in Greenville to the late William Vance Arnold Sr. and Ruth Aman Arnold. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army
where he worked in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army. Mr. Arnold was a graduate of East Carolina University. He was a very talented writer and was employed with the News and Observer and other local newspapers as a sports reporter
during his college years. Later, after his military service, he was employed with the Alexandria Gazette and the Richmond News Leader. He was appointed as the Director of the N.C. Department of Travel and Tourism and later appointed by Governor Jim Hunt the first N.C. Film Commissioner, where he was instrumental in bringing the film industry to North Carolina.
Mr. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Jerry Arnold.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Jackson Arnold; son, Stephen Arnold of Raleigh; brother, John E. Arnold of Greenville; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Pinewood Memorial Park in Greenville.
Memorials may be made to the SPCA of Wake County.