Richard Cameron "Rick" Arrington
1947 - 2021
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Covington, GA
Richard Cameron "Rick" Arrington
February 26, 1947 - September 7, 2021
Charlotte, North Carolina - Richard "Rick" Cameron Arrington, of Charlotte, NC, passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at the age of 74. Rick attended Myers Park High School in Charlotte, NC, where he played baseball, basketball, and football. Rick was named All State in both baseball and football his Junior and Senior years, and as a Senior was named to the All-American Football Team as a Quarterback. While at Myers Park High School he also served as President of Young Life.
Rick attended the University of Georgia on a football scholarship where he played under Head Coach Vince Dooley his freshman and sophomore seasons. He then transferred to the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma on a football scholarship and graduated from Tulsa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education. Upon graduation, Rick received a contract from the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League, where he played most of his professional football career before being sidelined with multiple knee injuries.
Rick returned to Georgia to raise his family after his football career. He and his wife Mary Jane attended Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Conyers, GA, where they led a youth group on Sunday evenings. While living in Conyers, Rick entered the business world and built and ran several businesses. He fed his love for sports on the golf course most days, playing in many golf tournaments all his life. His competitive nature had found a home in golf, replacing football. He would play or practice many days until the sun set where he became a scratch golfer.
Rick coached his two daughters on softball teams for many years with much success, and both went on to play on their college tennis teams. His daughter Joy earned a full athletic scholarship like her dad. His daughter Tiffany (aka Jill) went on to have a successful television sportscasting career. He loved working with young kids, knowing they are the future. Rick wanted to build character and confidence, as well as athletic ability, not only in his own daughters but also in all the young people he coached. He had a unique way with inspiring kids, little did they know they were learning life lessons while having fun. Rick loved his two daughters and three granddaughters and always said he would not trade them for a Super Bowl team of boys. But the greatest love of his life will always be his wife, Mary Jane.
Surviving Rick are his loving wife, Mary Jane (Odum) Arrington, of Covington, GA; daughters, Joy Arrington Fanning, Tiffany Arrington; granddaughters, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Presley Panaro; sisters, Susan Arrington Seacord and husband of Charlotte, NC, Lisa Arrington Simmerman and husband of Knoxville, TN; nieces, Brandon Seacord Bray, Erica Seacord, Kristy Simmerman Roper; nephew, Richard Simmerman.
The family of Rick wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to all the special people in Rick's life who made him happy, fulfilled, cared for, and complete. Thank you all for loving Rick's colorful personality as much as they did.
A graveside ceremony honoring Rick will be held Sunday, September 12, 2021, 2:00 P.M., at Southview Cemetery in Covington, GA, with the Reverend Dr. Douglas Gilreath officiating.
The family requests that masks be worn by all who attend the Graveside Service.
Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, Covington, GA, in charge of arrangements. to place online condolences.

Published by Charlotte Observer on Sep. 10, 2021.
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Rick was a terrific guy. I went to Myers Park with him and participated in Young Life with him. We raced against each other in Gym. He and I were always neck and neck at the finish. Rick was a delightful person and I'm sorry I missed out on his lifetime after high school. Rest in Peace good friend.
Craig A Whitley
September 14, 2021
When I heard of Rick´s passing it seemed unreal...the Rick I knew was so full of life & his personality would make you feel like you had known him forever! Hearing of his passing felt like my youth had died. I met Rick in 1960 at Jackson Homes. We were 13 yrs. From that time on into freshman yr in college we dated. Later in life, my husband & I became friends with Rick & Mary Jane and met his children. His family was special to him .... He loved his girls and loved coaching them. I had not seen Rick in years. Rick´s parents, sisters and grandfather "Rip" were wonderful to me always. Anyone who knew Rip could see that Rick got his outgoing....full of life personality from him! Rest In Peace Rick.. I hope you are playing golf & smoking a cigar !!
Nancy Bush Bailey
September 14, 2021
I am honored you called me your friend. You will be missed. I am pretty sure you are playing golf and having a good cigar. Like you always used to say "we´re in good shape". Rest in peace my friend. My sincere condolences and prayers for Rick´s family. Rick always talked about how proud he is of his family.
Patrick Zirwes
September 12, 2021
Rest In peace my friend . Going to miss the golf games and especially the stories that came along for the ride !!! Mostly going to miss you !!!! My prayers and thoughts go out to the family. Rick always talked about his family and how proud he was of all them . He especially talked about his wife and how lucky he was to have been married Mary-Jane.
Don Baxley
September 12, 2021
Rick was such an integral part of the youth growing up in Stonewall Jackson Homes community back in the 50's. I remember him as a very handsome, athletic, friendly young man. Actually, many of us gals had a "crush" on him and thought the world of him. Sending his loving family my sincere sympathy in the loss of this wonderful person who was so beloved by many back in the days of our youth.
Pamela Hirst Falls
September 12, 2021
Lee, Petra & Cassidy Walters.
September 12, 2021
Rick and I go back to "Pop" Warner Wilmore Redskins and elementary school days. Always a great teammate and wonderful guy. R.I.P., and prayers for all Rick's family and friends.
Paul E. Ramsey
September 12, 2021
Went to school with Rick MPHS. ALWAYS a gentlemen and friendly guy! My prayers are with the family!!
Linda Nordman Smith
September 11, 2021
All my sincere condolences to Arrington Family. Richard RIP. God bless you all.
Adrian Castellano Ballare
September 11, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Ricks passing. Y´all are in my prayers.
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