David Arnold

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Jan 17, 1930 – Sep 27, 2020 (Age 90)


January 17, 1930
September 27, 2020
Murfreesboro, Tennessee


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David Arnold

Murfreesboro - David Arnold lived his 90 years well. He loved his family, friends, and most of all, his God. He and Janice lived and preached the gospel in Kentucky, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Tennessee. It was his joy to teach and preach in many states, including Alaska, and the countries of Jamaica, Hungary, Belgium, Romania, England, and Lithuania.

David Arnold, Professor Emeritus, accepted a position at Middle Tennessee State College (now University) to establish a program of speech pathology and audiology. These programs have grown and become highly successful.

He leaves his wife of 68 years, Janice; son David M. Arnold and wife Beth; daughter Mary Lee Barnes and husband Terry; three grandchildren: Adrienne Barnett, Lauren (Randall) Thomason, Taylor (Sydney) Barnes; and six great grandchildren: Drake Williams, Walker Barnett, McKibben Barnett, Hudson Thomason, Luke Thomason, and Vincent Barnes.

His was a life well-lived with heaven as his goal.

Graveside service will be 2:00PM Tuesday at Emery Cemetery in Murfreesboro. Family will officiate www.woodfinchapel.com

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My mother and I met David & Janice Arnold when they had a gospel meeting in Louisiana. David will be greatly missed but definitely in a better place in Paradise. My condolences to Janice and the rest of his family.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Arnold family. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.----------Bryan and Mary Dowell

Our sincere condolences

My heart is filled with tears. David has been a tremendous blessing to me, in so many different ways. He was a wonderful man!

Yes, I can truly say that I counted him as very dear to me and since the time we first met, we have had so many good conversations, many good times together, with Janice, with the church and on some occasions the special classes in different places in Tennessee.

And I truly appreciated David for his humor; a laugh was never far away!


Janice, you and David have been among the greatest friends we have ever had. Ever since the day you were united in marriage, it has been impossible for us to think of one of you without thinking of the other. You both have constantly shown your love for God and His word, and zeal for doing His will. That, along with your consideration of, and friendship toward, a host of individuals of all ages, will long be remembered. Thank you for letting us be a part of your lives and for all you...

David Arnold was my professor at MTSU. His knowledge of speech pathology made a tremendous impact on his students and on the lives of countless people. So did his high standards, his compassion, and his integrity. I was lucky to learn from him, and his influence has been far-reaching for so many. What a blessed life he had, and what a blessing to know him! My heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Arnold and his family.

I’m so sorry to learn of David’s passing but know that he has transitioned to receive his heavenly reward. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs Arnold and know you will see him again in heaven.

I knew of David as a colleague at MTSU for several years before I formally met him. When I did meet him in my University Honors College Office, I found him to be a gentle and polite advocate for his fifteen-year-old grandson (Taylor Arnold Barnes), then seeking a place to continue his studies.

David was a selfless individual who served and assisted others including members of his own family. A verse from Proverbs (Chapter 22) comes to mind in thinking of him: “A good name is to...

There’s a soft spot in my heart for grandparents that enable and encourage the education of their grandchildren. David was a shining example of such a person. My condolences to his family.