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Ollie James Arnold

Memorial for Ollie James Arnold

Born in Bastrop County, Texas on Dec. 11, 1923
Departed on Dec. 6, 2012 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012
12 pm - 7:00 pm
Service: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012
1:00 pm
Cemetery: Burditts Prairie Cemetery
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On December 11, 1923, a precious blue/gray-eyed baby boy was the first born to Ollie and Rubell Arnold. On December 6th, 2012, the Lord called his servant, Ollie James Arnold home to be with thee.

Ollie confessed a hope in Christ at an early age. He originally joined the Cottonwood Baptist Church. Later on he became a member of the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, and where he actively served until his health began to fail him at the Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church.

On July 21, 1946 Ollie James Arnold married Marie Anderson. They were blessed to be married for over 66 years and five children were born. Two sons, Jamie Arnold (Dazie) and George Arnold (Beverly) preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death are his parents, and two brothers, Willie and Chester Arnold.

Singing gospel music was a passion of Deacon Arnold. In the singing community he is known for such songs as: "This Little Light of Mine" "Move Up A Little Higher" "My Life Is In His Hands" "If I Can't Say A Word" and "Time Is Now." For over 60 years he sang in various gospel groups such as the Southern Harmonizers, The Willing Workers, Heavenly Praisers, and the L.L Carter Male Chorus. He was known for throwing his handkerchief up and catching it while singing. He would also break out in a dance when moved by the spirit. Often laying down his cane or crutch and even getting out of his motorized wheelchair to get his praise on.

Along with singing, Deacon Arnold also loved to fish. Many of his days were spent on the rivers and lakes. Not even a serious boating accident that required StarFlight to rescue he and his fishing buddies on March 13th, 1995 discouraged him from fishing. As his days were spent fishing, his nights were spent on the CB radio talking with friends in different states. Deacon Ollie Arnold, also known as "Patch Head" to his CB friends will be missed.

Having lived for over 88 years Deacon Arnold was filled with lots of worldly wisdom. No one was a stranger to him nor exempt from a story or two or three. He taught his children and a number of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren many valuable life lessons.

He leaves to cherish his memories: Wife, Marie Arnold; Two sons: Louis Arnold (Marsha) and Che' Arnold (Terri); Two daughters: Kaye Baker (Mark), and Cora Burks (Chester); One Brother: Large Arnold (Beatrice); Two Sisters: Annie McGlory and Minnie Lee Eddie; 21 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren; and a multitude of other relatives and friends.

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