Updated: Apr 2, 2021
Ronald “Ronnie” Arnold, 71, of Bristol, Va., went to be in the presence of his Lord on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, after a lengthy illness.
He was saved January 1981. Ronnie loved the Lord and had a passion for studying the bible. He would say he was a saved man but far from a perfect man.
He was a member of Greendale Chapel in Abingdon, Virginia since 1985.
He was a proud American, serving in the Marines from 1974 to 1983. He served in Japan, Norway, and Cherry Point, N.C. He had a 17-year career as a tradesman at Camac in Bristol, Virginia. Ronnie was an avid fisherman and hunter. Once while hunting during the winter, he was stranded in his tree stand due to ice on the steps. To be out on the water was his peace and quiet, or gigging flounder on the Atlantic Ocean. Ronnie, loved to ride his Harley Motorcycles. He was only able to get Juliene on it once, which was enough as she preferred doors around her.
He was preceded in death by his death parents, Wallace Arnold and Kay Arnold; brothers, Randy Arnold and John Miller; sister, Bobbie Brooks.
He is survived by the love of his life of 45 years which would have been 46 years on April 6th, Juliene Buckner Arnold; son, Freddie Arnold of Abingdon, Virginia; daughters, Michelle (Trevor) Browder of Blountville, Tennessee, Melissa Arnold and fiancé Chris Riffey of Bristol, Virginia, Sarah Lino of Bristol, Virginia; the lives that lighted up his heart were his grandchildren, Logan Browder, Shayla Arnold, Jayden Lino, soon to be River Riffey; sisters, Judy and fiancé, Gary Lawrence of Fletcher, North Carolina, Peggy MacRae (Lucky) of Oregon; Noel Westbrook of Alabama; June Baldwin of Marion, Virginia; Dean Crouse of Chilhowie, Virginia; Joyce Bridgeman of Bristol, Virginia; brothers, Donnie Arnold of Mississippi, Gary (Rita) Arnold of Glade Spring, Virginia; sister-in-law, Nancy Miller of Abingdon, Virginia; special friends, David and Cheri Rose, Monica Fuller, Mike and Cindy Huffman.
We would like to thank the Home Base Veterans Clinic for everything they have done. Caris Hospice for the wonderful care, the phone calls, and the encouragement that they have given. Especially Miranda Johnson and Ashley Raines for their wonderful nursing skills, personality, and taking such good care of Ronnie.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. at Forest Hills Memory Gardens in Abingdon, Virginia with Rev. Jerry A. Eggers and Rev. Mike Huffman officiating
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Greendale Chapel, Abingdon, Va., the Wounded Warrior Project or Canine Companions for Independence in honor of his grandson, Logan Browder.
Frost Funeral Home & Cremation Services is honored to serve the family of Mr. Arnold.