|Birth: ||Jun. 30, 1907|
|Death: ||Jun. 27, 1983|
Clifford Arnold was born in 1907 in Smith County, TX to William Bunyon Arnold and his wife, the former Mary Alice Powell. He was the youngest of six children.
The family unit began to splinter after the passing of his mother when Clifford was only 12 years old. The day came when Clifford was the only child still living with his father. That, too, ended when his father left the family home in search of work. His father registered the youth in a Collin County, Texas residential hotel, paying in advance for a stay of several weeks, and leaving ample cash with the boy to live on until his return.
Being "on his own" for the first time in his life, Clifford was having a pretty good time when, suddenly and to his dismay, he realized that he had exhausted the cash his father had expected to last awhile. He found himself living on a bag of popcorn that he bought, rationing it in small portions to make it last as long as possible.
He was alone, penniless, undereducated, and frightened. He had no idea when his father would return for him. After a few days of living on popcorn, he overheard a man talking to some of the older male residents about working for him. Although just a boy, he knew the man wanted to hire a full-grown man, not a slender boy in his early-to-mid-teens, he was bright enough to recognize opportunity when it knocked. Stepping forward, he addressed the man, "Mister, I'll work for you!"
The man, whose name was Jack Carter, sized up the kid. A sixth sense told him that this boy would probably not only make a good farm worker but might answer another more personal need.
Taking the boy at face value, Jack Carter gambled on his own ability to take the measure of a man despite the factor of youth. Jack Carter took Clifford to his home and farm and introduced him to Mrs. Carter.
The Carters were a childless couple with a large capacity for love and only each other to shower it on. They took Clifford into their home and into their hearts and treated him like the son they had yearned for and been denied.
The day came, probably all too soon for the Carters, for Clifford to spread his wings. With the help of his brother Roy Arnold, he was hired by the Texas and Pacific Railway. His job was as a laborer and, in those pre-union days, that meant working seven 10-hour days, week after week, month after month, year after year. He stuck it out and rose within the company to occupy a lower-level management position. The T&P would be the only company for which he ever worked and lasting until failing health forced him into an early retirement. He had worked for the railroad for nearly 50 years.
Decades after those few years on the Carter place in Collin County, Clifford and his wife drove to Collin County to look up Mr. and Mrs. Carter. The moment Jack Carter set his eyes on Clifford, his first joyous words were, "There's my boy!"
The T&P had assigned Clifford Arnold to work in its facility in Longview, Texas. It was there that he me Miss Willie Lee Eason, the daughter of a T&P engineer. After a two-year courtship, the couple married on January 2, 1929. Eleven months later, the couple welcomed their first child, Rosanne, who was born in Longview on November 21, 1929. Eight years later, their youngest child, another daughter who they named Betty Lou, was born in Fort Worth on December 4, 1937.
After three or four transfers at points along the T&P line between Marshall and Fort Worth, the Arnold family was finally able to put down permanent roots. Late in 1941, they built a small bungalow on Brook Street, moving in in October. This was "home" for the next 62 years.
Aside from his love for - and devotion to - his family, Clifford Arnold's main interest in life centered around the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners. After serving the local lodge as Worshipful Master in 1950-1951, he continued his association with the Masons. In his later years he taught the secret work - which was taught only by rote - to many men being accepted into membership. Through his membership in the Masons, he became a member of the Sharon Shriners in Tyler, Texas.
Clifford Arnold died after a long illness just three days before his 76th birthday. He was sorely missed by his wife, his two loving daughters, and his son-in-law, Jerald Henderson. Eventually, his widow, his oldest daughter, and his son-in-law, too, joined him in the after-life.
He lives on, though, in the heart of his youngest daughter, whose vivid memories of her kind, loving, doting father
come alive. Clifford Arnold was not a mere father, he was "Daddy", and that means Clifford Arnold was someone very, very special.
William Bunyon Arnold (1870 - 1949)
Mary Alice Powell Arnold (1873 - 1919)
Willie Lee Eason Arnold (1909 - 2003)*
Rosanne Arnold (1929 - 2006)*
Walter Jack Arnold (1892 - 1973)*
Richard Lee Arnold (1894 - 1967)*
Bessie Arnold Sommers (1897 - 1924)*
Lillie Mae Arnold Harding (1901 - 1987)*
Roy Arnold (1904 - 1988)*
Clifford Arnold (1907 - 1983)
Algoma Cemetery South and North
Plot: North Side
Created by: Betty Arnold Henderson
Record added: Sep 05, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5738532
Remembering my beloved father on the 108th anniversary of his birth.|
Betty Arnold Henderson
Added: Jun. 30, 2015
Father. Hero. Friend. Protector. Teacher. Sympathetic shoulder. Playmate. That was the guy I knew as Daddy. "Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a daddy." (author unknown)|
Betty Arnold Henderson
Added: May. 23, 2014
Added: Jun. 20, 2012