MONTICELLO - Forrest “Sonny” Arnold, Jr., age 89 passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014 at his home in Monticello with family present. He was born July 14, 1924 in McGehee, AR to the late Forrest E. Arnold, Sr. and Lela Miles Arnold.
He eventually settled and retired in Lake Village, AR with his wife and children where he owned a mechanic, radiator and body shop. Mr. Arnold was a member of The Knight of Columbus, was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II where he served from 1942-1945 and was a long time member of the Lake Village Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, beloved father and grandfather who would always take the time to teach his children how to enjoy and appreciate nature. He was also preceded in death by a son, Forrest E. (Buddy) Arnold, III formerly of Monroe, La.
Survivors include his wife, Olivia Warfield Arnold who resides in Monticello; two daughters, Olivia Bradley of Pensacola, FL, Lela Arnold-Wilson of Monticello; two sons, David W. Arnold of Monticello and Neal Montgomery (Bo) Arnold of Lake Village; ten grandchildren, Elizabeth Thirion of Rockwall, TX, Elaina Bradley, Dr. Kevin Bradley of Pensacola, FL, Scott Arnold of Monroe, LA, Andrew Arnold of Pensacola, FL, Stephanie Smith of Alexander City, AL, Christopher David Arnold and Jeff Arnold both of San Antonio, TX, Tommy Ashley of Monticello, and Jett Ashley of Flower Mound, TX: and nineteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at First Baptist Church, 413 North Main, Monticello, AR with Rev. Bruce Venable officiating. Burial with military honors will be in McGehee Cemetery in McGehee, AR. Arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Online guestbook www.stephensondearman.com.
Active pallbearers will be Mr. Arnold’s six grandsons, Dr. Kevin Bradley, Scott and Andrew Arnold, Christopher David Arnold, and Tommy and Jett Ashley.