Elvin Richard Arnold, 77, husband of the late Sherry Steen Arnold died unexpectantly September 14, 2020 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC from Covid-19.
He was born on October 16, 1942 in Boston, Ma, to the late Elvin Arnold II and Doris A. (Miller) Arnold. He is survived by five younger siblings and many nieces and nephews. Rosalyn Preston of Ca, Craig Arnold of NY, and Bryan Townsend, Kim Buskey and Michelle Townsend all of NH.
Following his graduation from Scituate High School, he served in the Armed Forces. He later married and settled in Halifax MA where he fathered three children and enjoyed his 6 grandchildren. Richard Arnold of Halifax Ma, Tracie Arnold and her children Megan, Zachary and Nicholas Arnold all of Plymouth MA and Lee Arnold, his wife Katrine and their children Abigail, Samantha and Jaclyn all of Eliot ME.
He was a member of the Local # 7 Ironworkers Union of Boston for over 3 decades and was known as “Dickie.” He took pride in his work and the brotherhood he shared there. He served as the president of the Minuteman Standard Schnauzer Club of New England for two years, fueling his life-long love of dogs.
Shortly following his retirement in 2000, he moved to South Carolina and married Sherry Ann Steen in 2002. He leaves 2 step children and 4 step grandchildren and 1 great step granddaughter. Michelle Flowers, her husband Jody and their son Andrew, his wife Morgan and their daughter Lucy and James Steen and his three children Katie, Hannah and Tripp.
He built a simple, happy and peaceful life with his wife in Bennettsville SC. Where he enjoyed his dogs, especially Mike and adored his in-laws. He shared many great memories with them.
He appreciated art, music and history and would share his opinions and experiences freely with others, especially his brother Craig. He was a charming conversationalist who enjoyed sharing stories about those he loved and was most proud of.
He was an avid reader, never passing up good mystery novel and he loved to cook as much as he loved to eat thus earning him the nickname “Pork.”
He frequently visited the beach and appreciated the time he shared with his family there. Memories of love, laughter and adventure will remain with many.
He never missed an opportunity to tailgate, attend a game or wear the colors of the Clemson Tigers. College football season was an exciting time for him, he looked forward to the friendly competition he shared with his son, Lee. He remained a loyal fan of the New England Patriots and continued to cheer for them from afar.
He was known to tinker with just about anything and often spoke of his plan to open R&J Enterprises with his son in-law. He was a frugal man who sought to fix something rather than replace it.
Whether he was known as Dad, Papa, Brother, Uncle, Elvie, Richard, or Pork he was fortunate to love and be loved. From North to South, his families will miss his humor, his laugh, his many stories, and his lengthy calls. The role he had in our lives have left memories and stories that will bring not only tears but continued laughter.
A memorial service honoring the lives of Mr. Elvin Richard and Sherry Graham Steen Arnold will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Bennettsville First Church of the Nazarene, officiated by the Revs. Brian Howard and Jody Flowers.
Rogers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Arnold families.
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