Johnnie Lee “John” Arnold

Johnnie Lee “John” Arnold, 65, of Fayetteville, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale surrounded by his loving family. A beloved father, ole’, husband, son, uncle, and friend, he is deeply loved and will be greatly missed. He was born December 26, 1953 in Prairie Grove to John Calvin “Jake” and Wanda Mae (Curtis) Arnold.

A Northwest Arkansas native, John was a 1972 graduate of Fayetteville High School and attended the University of Arkansas. Enjoying all things sports, he excelled in football, basketball, baseball, fast pitch softball, volleyball, golf, and pickleball. An avid Razorback fan, he frequently attended football, basketball, and baseball games.

John was self-employed most of his life, owning several businesses and umpiring softball for the Springdale Youth Center before taking early retirement in 2005. He spent his short retirement enjoying the company of friends, playing pickleball and sharing his stories at the Rogers Adult Activity Center and cycling the Razorback Trail system.

He is reunited in heaven with daughter Shannan Arnold; father Jake Arnold; brothers, Larry and Ronnie Arnold; grandparents Earl and Lillian Curtis, Mack and Ollie Arnold; and loyal companions, Frosty, Jake, Lady, Ewok and Chloe, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by the love of his life of more than 35 years, wife Kathi; daughters, Shalane Adkinson and husband Travis of Smithville, Kentucky, Camryn Lagios and husband Jeff of Springdale; grandchildren Jordan, Harlin, Judah, Shiloh, and Micah Adkinson; his mother, Wanda Arnold; niece, Robyn Phillips and husband Bo and their children, Anna Grace and Ty; in-laws, Jerry and Frieda Maish, Bill McLeod, Julie and Gary Dickeson; sisters-in-law Regenia Arnold and Donnette Bush; nephews, Ryan and Dakota; faithful friends, Darrell and Brenda Jones, Rob Reed, Chuck Eldridge, Kevin and Lisa Brady, Ginger and Kevin Campbell, Elizabeth Harris, Philip Woods; RAC pickleball friends; loyal fur baby Sophie; granddogs, Vera, Nova, Smidgen; and additional cherished friends.

John and the family have been blessed by the loving care provided by the staff at Highlands Oncology Group and Drs. Stephen Rosenfeld and Hollis Rogers, the Admissions, Peri-Op, Surgical and the fifth floor staff at Washington Regional Medical Center for their outstanding care, and the staff at Circle of Life Hospice for their compassionate care.

A funeral service was held Friday, February 8, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel officiated by Pastor Steve Curtis with interment at Prairie Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Washington Regional Foundation, Fellowship Bible Church NWA, Circle of Life Hospice, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or any local animal shelter.

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Kevin Brady

Johnnie and I had been friends since 1975. He introduced me to my wife of almos 34 years. Johnnie was always the guy who was there any time you needed a hand and always good for a game of spades or dominoes! At the drop of a hat he would go fishing! He and I fished during st least one tornado and turned ove a couple of boats along the way! We’ve called the Hogs and gone to our share of games. We will miss you old friend, rest at easy and find out if there are any good fishing… Read more »

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Keith DeShazo

John has been a staple of Springdale sports for as many years as I have known him. His compassion for the game of softball was contagious and his work with the Unified League can not be expressed in words to the lives he touched. As his umpire in chief, he was “Johnny on the Spot”, always dependable and always a shoulder for those league members to lean on. Many a night I watched him bend the rules of play to provide success and excitement for the individual player rather than be by the book which would have showered defeat. He… Read more »

Gary Watts
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Gary Watts

I would like to express my condolences to Kathi, Shalane, Camryn, Mrs. Wanda Arnold, and all of Johnnie Arnold’s family. Johnnie and I had a life long friendship going all the way back to first grade at Bates Elementary in 1960. We had many good times and shared many good memories through the years. Though I haven’t seen Johnnie for a number of years, I still remember spending many hours at the Arnold household. I just want to say RIP Johnnie my good friend! I am going to miss you so very much old friend!

Harvey A. WILES
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Harvey A. WILES

John and I have been friends for years he played Softball for me he was a baller he could do it all weplayed alot basketball at THE FYC he was a best friend type of guy he will be really missed. a TRUE HOG FAN just like me. Later MY FRIEND

Gerald and Diann Koonce
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Gerald and Diann Koonce

Thinking of you Wanda, God bless and keep you and give you peace!!

Don Bohannan
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Don Bohannan

I thought John was an outstanding person. Always a gentleman with a smile on his face. Enjoyed working with him at the Youth Center. My prayers are with John and his family. Don Bohannan

Tim Randall
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Tim Randall

From the Randall family of Springdale ar…we were very blessed to have know John and will miss his always upbeat demeanor and stories …he could take you places youve bever been before and never leave the spot he was in…an awesome guy…go rest John…we love ya

Carol Stanley
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Carol Stanley

Roy and I extend our sympathy and prayers to your family in this hard loss.