October 17, 1940 - August 14, 2012
David S. Arnette, 71, after a long and courageous struggle with cancer, went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. He is predeceased by his parents John Nathaniel Arnette and Ruby May Barlow and four siblings. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-one years, Marilyn Philen Arnette; three daughters: Cherie Monique Arnette, Pensacola, Carren (Tommy) Quinn, Mobile, and Jeanne (Chris) Williams, Pensacola; two grandsons Parker and Ryan Quinn; one brother Van Drew (Mae) Arnette, numerous nieces and nephews; faithful friends and Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church family. His reserved demeanor belied a multi-faceted life lived to the fullest. He was a true Renaissance man who loved history, studied the natural sciences, and appreciated classical literature, poetry and the arts. He pursued various interests including restoring antique furniture and cars, serving on the Board of Directors for the Hawaiian Malacological Society, coauthoring the naming of a species of Cyprea, and meticulously researching genealogy proving direct lineage to American Patriots and becoming a lifetime member of the Jamestowne Society. Each of his daughters inherited parts of his passions which are reflected in their chosen careers. He had a strong moral compass instilling a sense of honor and duty in his family and those he touched. His unwavering sense of patriotism was exhibited in service to his country for twenty-two years in the United States Air Force. A highly decorated Vietnam Veteran, he traveled the world but had strong roots in his home and community. Following his retirement, he served for twenty years at the McDavid Post Office where his quiet acts of kindness made a difference in his community. He will be missed by all. Visitation will be Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 12-2 pm with services following at FAITH CHAPEL NORTH FUNERAL HOME, 1000 Hwy 29 Cantonment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church, 170 Bogia Road, McDavid, 32568 or the American Cancer Society Pensacola, 5402 Corporate Woods Drive #100, Pensacola, 32504. Honorary Pallbearers: Keith McDonough, Shannon Boles, Mike Pevahouse, Jason Harr, Russ Black, Eric Gilmore, Matt Gilmore, Ben Gilmore, Wesley Morris, and Travis Milstead. Condolences may be placed online @fcfhs.com.
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