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Vernon Arnold

February 10, 1941 — November 15, 2019

Vernon Arnold

Vernon L Arnold

Age 78 of Williford, Arkansas and formerly of Carbon Hill, Illinois, passed away November 15, 2019 in Batesville, Arkansas.

Born February 10, 1941 in Steele, Missouri to George and Bessie (Rogers) Arnold, and moved to Carbon Hill at the age of 6 months.  Vernon married Donna J Ferrara on March 25, 1961.  He was employed by Joe and Dorothy Testa at Testa’s IGA for 46 years, retiring in 2005. He always considered them as part of his family.  After retiring Vernon moved to Williford, Arkansas.

Vernon enjoyed playing softball and baseball, finally hanging up his cleats at the age of 60. He bowled for many years with his daughter and son.  After retiring and losing his wife, Vernon enjoyed spending many hours in the shop with his daughter and son, restoring old cars.  The ultimate joy in his life were is grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by them.

Vernon is survived by one daughter, Deidre Haff of Mazon; one son, Brian (Stephanie) Arnold of Black Rock, Arkansas; Grandchildren: Heather (David) Mitchell, Anthony (Ashley) Arnold, Christian (Sarah) Arnold, Robert Arnold, Thomas (Alexa) Arnold, Lindsay Arnold, Zachary Arnold, and Danielle Arnold; nine great grandchildren, with one expected in April; one sister, Yvonne (Sam) Hamby of Davenport, Iowa; sister-in-law, Renee (Roger) Haacke; brothers-in-law: Richard (Beth) Ferrara and Dale (Carla) Ferrara;  many nieces and nephews; his son-in-law, Jerry Haff of Kinsman; grandchildren: Salli (Richard) Bowen and their family, Jerry Haff and his family, Randy Haff and his family, and Rebecca (Justin) Sanford and their son, and special friends, Donald (Janine) Zinnel of Arizona, Ruth Ann (Danny) Hartsfield of Coal City, and Mr. Lynn Henderson of Williford, Arkansas.

Vernon was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, on September 21, 2007; one son, Kevin L. Arnold; his parents, George and Bessie; sisters: Paralee, Opal, Verdella, Ruby and Teresa; brothers: Francis, Newton, Clarence, Loyed, George, Everett, and Ronnie; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marjorie and Dominic Ferrara, sister-in-law, Eva Lindemuth and brother-in-law, Dana Ferrara.

The family will receive friends for a visitation on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City. Funeral services will follow on Wednesday morning, November 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home with Reverend Brad Shumaker officiating.

Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, where Vernon will be buried with his late wife Donna.

Pallbearers will be: Anthony Arnold, Christian Arnold, Robert Arnold, Thomas Arnold, Zachary Arnold, Scott Benson, Jerry Haff, and Clinton Poyner.  Honorary pallbearers will be: Heather Mitchell, Lindsay Arnold, and Danielle Arnold.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Vernon’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choosing.

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Funeral services and arrangements are being made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. (815-634-2125)

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