|Birth: ||Sep. 20, 1920|
|Death: ||Jul. 7, 2002|
1 of 9 children born to George W. Smith & Lou Terry Christian Smith.
wife of Robert Drew Arnold, Sr. 3 children: Robert, Jr, Judy (Christian), Dwayne.
Mrs. Ophia Leona Arnold, 81, of 1273 Christians Bend Rd., passed away on Sunday (July 7, 2002), surrounded by her friends and family.
Embraced by heaven's angels, Ophia L. Arnold slipped away to rest from all her labors. To all who knew her she was our "Hero of Faith," a great prayer warrior, always praying for those she knew and many that she did not know whose only contact was their need for prayer. Her love knew no bounds. Our loss is heaven's gain.
Mrs. Arnold was a lifelong resident of Hawkins County and was a member of the Christians Bend Freewill Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Arnold Sr.; her parents, George and Terry Christian Smith; sisters, Burley Ward, Roberta Bruner, Tracy Smith and Sylvia Jeter; brothers, Sidney Smith and Carter Smith.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Jimmy Christian of Church Hill; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Jr. and Lou Arnold of Church Hill, and Dwayne and Linda Arnold of Church Hill; grandchildren, Teresa Henegar, Michael Arnold, Joey Arnold, Rebecca Lester, Angie McNutt and Dorinda Stafford; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Beaver of Church Hill, and Betty Brown of West Chester, Calif.; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Johnson Funeral Home, Church Hill, and anytime at the residence of her daughter, Judy Christian, 1510 Christians Bend Rd., Church Hill.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. William Truman, the Rev. Chuck Grimm and the Rev. Gary Gibson officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Christians Bend Cemetery. Family and friends will meet at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Joey Arnold, Michael Arnold, Roman McNutt, Logan Hunley, Lyle Hunley, Harold Christian and H. Bowlin.
George W Smith (1877 - 1961)
Lou Terry Christian Smith (1879 - 1952)
Robert Drew Arnold (1918 - 1978)*
Sidney Bains Smith (1901 - 1974)*
Beurligh Ward (1904 - 1987)*
Carter Smith (1910 - 1965)*
Tracy E Smith (1915 - 1922)*
Sylvia Smith Jeter (1916 - 2002)*
Ophia Leona Smith Arnold (1920 - 2002)
Mary Elizabeth Smith Beaver (1923 - 2008)*
Christian Bend Cemetery
Maintained by: Anna Lane Long
Originally Created by: Robert Cradic
Record added: Dec 18, 2007
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