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Murrell Wayne Arnett

Mar 13, 1945 - Oct 18, 2021 (Age 76)

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Murrell was my cousin whom I loved dearly. I was so happy to see Murrell in July when I was in Macon visiting my Mother, my siblings, Linda, Murrell and Cecil.That day we laughed, with cousins all together, it was a “Special” day we will always remember.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Murriel, or “Mort” as we called him when I was a kid, was so much fun to be around. New Year’s celebrations were alway special with the Arnetts. I think of him every New Year’s at midnight when I say, “Happity New Year.” He always made us kids feel special.


Murrell's Obituary

Murrell Wayne Arnett, 76, of Excello, MO passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021 at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, MO.


Murrell was born on March 13, 1945, the son of Gaylord and Lucille (Paris) Arnett. He was united in marriage to Jeanne Noyes on November 12, 1967 at the First Christian Church in Macon. Murrell served from 1966 to 1968 in the United States Army and served one tour in Vietnam. He was a member of the American Legion Post #29 for 55 years, Samaritan Hospital Board Member for 30 years, Horizon Credit Union Board Member, member of the First Christian Church where he served as Deacon, Elder, and board chair and youth sponsor; founding member of Disciplines Care Team; Missourians Against Hazardous Waste; and the Macon R-1 Athletic Booster Club. Murrell also volunteered his time serving meals with the Macon County Meals on Wheels organization, and coaching t-ball and baseball for his kids and grandchildren. In June of 2000, he retired from the Missouri Department of Transportation. Murrell loved spending time with friends and family and was very proud of his children and grandchildren.


Murrell is survived by his wife, Jeanne, of the home; three children, Carrie Harland and her husband Curtis of Excello, MO, Eric Arnett and his wife Tammy of Columbia, MO, and Brock Arnett and his wife Tara of Columbia, MO; grandchildren, Colby Harland, Caleb Harland, Carli Harland, Caelan Harland, Braiden Dowell (Kate Sizemore), Jadie Arnett, Izzy Arnett, Dietrich Arnett, Logan Arnett, Reagan Arnett, and Blair Arnett; one greatgrandchild, Lorenzo Dowell. He is also survived by his sister, Linda Clardy of Excello, MO; brother, Cecil Arnett and his wife Shawn of Macon, MO; and he was known as “Uncle Murrell” to several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother, Kenneth Arnett.


Funeral services, with full military honors, will be held 11:00 am, Friday, October 22, 2021 at the Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home in Macon with Pastor Zane Whorton officiating. Visitation will be Thursday evening, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Fairview Cemetery.

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