Ikie Arnold

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Mr. Ikie "Ike" Edward Arnold died on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 at his home. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel by the Rev. James Ed Gurkins. Burial will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park.
Mr. Arnold, a native of Black Jack and Greenville, was employed for many years as an accountant.
Surviving are his beloved and gentle wife, Brenda Bradshaw Martin Arnold, devoted daughter Christina Arnold Guthrie and husband Brad Scott Guthrie and his two adoring grandchildren, Emily Caroline Guthrie and Elisabeth Brooke Guthrie.
He also is survived by his two stepchildren, Stephanie Martin Yoder and husband Ron Yoder and stepson, Scott Matthew Martin. He also leaves behind his sisters, Carlene Arnold Hayes, and Diane Arnold Paramore; and brother, Carl Edward Arnold Jr. and wife Margo Arnold. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Edward Arnold and mother, Dorothy Dixon Arnold.
Ike was a man of great passion. Those knowing him well would share that he had many loves in his life, his wife, Brenda, with whom he shared a deep and lasting love, stood steadfastly by his side through 26 years of marriage, his daughter, Christie, who as a baby used to sleep resting on his chest and who inherited so many of his mannerisms, his stepchildren, Stephanie and Scott, of whose accomplishments he was so proud, his precious grandchildren, Emily and Elisabeth, who "GandIke" undeniably spoiled.
As a former athlete, his love of all types of sports was undeniable. When not playing, he was attending a game or watching it on TV. He was proud of his daughter's skill as a gymnast and photographer and his granddaughters' love of soccer.
His love for the East Carolina Pirates was one of his strongest passions. An alumni of ECU and a Pirate Club member since the early 1970s, he rarely missed a football game and spent many hours cheering them on until he was hoarse. There was no more loyal a "Pirate" than Ike and his "First Down-Pirates" will still be heard over the crowds when the new season begins. He loved to grill outdoors, was quick to warn friends not to back over his golf course quality lawn and carefully attended his wife's roses. He also loved traveling to Carolina Beach where he spent time visiting with family and playing in the ocean with his granddaughters. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
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Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
2100 East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 752-2101
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Published in The Daily Reflector on Aug. 3, 2014