Survivors include his three daughters, Yvonne Buchanan and husband, Jim of Spruce Pine, Debi Ritchie and husband, Travis of Las Vegas, N.V., and Vivian Hollifield and husband, Sonny of Charlie Brown Road; twin brother, Ronald Gregory of Charlie Brown Road; brother, Darrell Gregory and wife, Carlotta of Nebo; four sisters, Athlene Fox and husband, Sylvester of Burnsville, Carolene Hooker and husband, Rev. Tommy Hooker of Marietta, Ga., Elaine Miller and husband, Lester of Charlie Brown Road, and Wanda Phillips and husband, Tommy of Hickory; four grandchildren, Greg Buchanan, Shelley Burse and husband, Travis, Seth Hollifield and Josh Hollifield; three great-grandchildren, Darren Buchanan, Hallie Burse and Aliyah Burse; special friends and neighbors, Juanita Brown and David Isaacs. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Per Arnold’s request, the family had a private graveside service at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9 in West Burnsville Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors conducted by Sgt. E.L. Randolph Chapter #57 D.A.V. Dr. Chris Morgan officiated. The family would like to say a special thank you to Hospice of Yancey County for the wonderful care given to Arnold and requests memorial donations be made to the Yancey County Senior Center (also known as the Yancey County Center on Aging), P.O. Box 546, Burnsville, NC 28714. Yancey Funeral Service assisted the family.
Mitchell News-Journal 7/16/2014