ARTESIA â€” Services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at the Church of God for Elton Arnold of Artesia. Mr. Arnold, 81, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at Artesia General Hospital.
The Rev. Kevin Bartley will officiate at the services with burial at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Geno Gonzales, Emilio Gonzalez, Freddy Olguin, Eddie Guy, Adam Andrade and Manny Mendoza. Honorary pallbearer will be Harold Parrish. Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, beginning at 2 p.m.
Mr. Arnold was born June 17, 1929, in Wolfforth, Texas, the son of Lafayette Arnold and Willie Fay (Wilkinson) Arnold. He served his country in the United States Air Force. On May 5, 1950, he was married to Helen Fay Shannon in Portales. He came to Artesia in 1978 from Roswell. Elton owned and operated Arnold Radiator Repair, then worked for several years at Guy Chevrolet. He was a member of the Church of God, loved his family and was an avid art painter.
Elton was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Idris and Elton Arnold; brother-in-law Vernon Davis; and a greatgrandson Brenton â€œMonkeyâ€ Andrade. Survivors include his wife Helen Arnold, of the family home; daughters Lois Meachell Gonzales and husband Sonny, of Artesia, and Dena LaNell Hinojos, of Utah; brother Michael Arnold, of Waxahachie, Texas; sisters, Rebecca Arnold, of Waxahachie, and Rhonda Arnold, of Waxahachie; sister-in-law Dena Davis, of Floyd; grandchildren, Andrew Andrade, Adam Andrade, LaMaeya Mendoza, Emmanuel Mendoza, Sierrah Hinojos, Danny Ray Hinojos, Erica Olguin and Geno Gonzales; 10 great-grandchildren; and step-mother Gayle Arnold.
Services are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
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