Ronald (Ronnie) G. Arnold Sr. transitioned to his heavenly home on Monday, June 29, 2020.
He was born in Sheffield, Ala., on March 20, 1953, to his father, Durie Arnold, who preceded him in death; and his mother, Claudia Vaughn Arnold.
Ronald was the oldest of six siblings.
He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Wallie and Marie Arnold, Katie Jackson and James Vaughn; his aunt, Fannie “Auntie” Murphy; his uncles: Edward “Cherry” Murphy, Jake Vaughn, Robert Chester Arnold, and Ovell “Bubba” Arnold.
He accepted Christ at an early age. On Sept. 18, 1982, Ronald and Nepsie Johnson
(Arnold) were united in holy matrimony, and had three children.
Ronnie graduated from Sheffield High School in Sheffield, Ala. He later enlisted in
the United States military, serving in the Navy, which he loved, from 1973 to 1977.
He was an Elder at Saint James Cumberland Presbyterian Church of America, and was a loyal member of the 100 Black Men of Bradley County, where he served as the chapter’s president for two years. Education was important to him, and being a part of the 100 Black Men mentoring program brought Ronnie such joy.
After serving over 35 years with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), he retired and enjoyed serving his church and community. Every election season, he was a volunteer at the local voting poll location(s). Ronnie was an exceptionally kind, considerate and loving man.
Ronnie leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Nepsie; three children: Tiffany, Ronnie Jr., and Jameson; four granddaughters: Hailey, Dorian, Bianka and Darryn; his loving mother, Claudia Arnold of Atlanta, Ga.; sisters: Carol, Marilyn and Trina (Jeff) of Atlanta, Ga.; brothers: Kenny (Carolyn) of Atlanta, Ga., Steve (Debrika) of Nashville, and Durrell (Charletta) of Atlanta, Ga.; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
A special mention to his friends: Michael Godbey, Charles Cole, Ricky Long (deceased), Kenny Westfield, Harvey Tillery, Andy Hudgins, Drew Robinson and John “Cuz” Barham.
His body may be viewed on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, from noon to 6 p.m. at Patton Funeral Home Chapel, 265 Fair St. S.E., Cleveland, TN 37311.
Flowers may be delivered during this time. Face masks and social distancing will be required.
A private graveside service will be on Thursday at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Military honors will conclude the service. Face masks and social distancing will be required.
Professional arrangements are entrusted to Patton Funeral Home.
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