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Leon John Arnold
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1900
Death: Jan. 16, 1971

LEON JOHN5 ARNOLD (JAMES FRANKLIN4, JAMES WILLIAMS3, JAMES DOSS2, RICHARD1) Married MARY ELLA BAKER Jan 1924, daughter of MARTIN BAKER and ELLA SANDERS. She was born 29 Jul 1902, and died 04 Jan 1973.

James Franklin Arnold and his wife Dorcas Jane Oates Arnold brought their family to Lovelady from the Antioch Community in 1914 and put down roots which still exist here. Leon John Arnold was born on January 26, 1900, and he was the only descendant to make Lovelady his home. One sister, Mrs. Rosa Dominy lives in Huntsville, TX, and his other sister, Mrs. Della Baxter, makes her home in Hileah, Florida. Leon was married on November 1, 1924, to Miss Mary Ellen Baker. Mary Ellen was born July 29, 1902, and was the daughter of Martin Nathan Baker, Jr. and Ella Martha Sanders Baker. They had moved to Lovelady from the Holly Community in 1916.

The Bakers already had one daughter living here, Lena Baker Smith, who died in 1917. Both Leon's and Mary's grandfathers fought in the Civil War. Rankin Arnold, who was born in Arkansas, volunteered with a unit in Arkansas while Mary's grandfather, Isham F. Sanders, who was born in AL, fought with a unit in MS. They both moved to TX, Houston County, after the Civil War. In Lovelady in 1926, Leon and Mary Arnold operated a cafe, which burned a few years later. Then they farmed for several years, buy they were always interested in merchandising. In 1945 they purchased the West LaRue building, whose original owner was Dr. Will Collins, Sr., and opened Arnold's Grocery/ The store burned in 1953 but was immediately rebuilt and is still being operated today by Mary Arnold. For many yeas Leon drove a Lovelady school bus, nearly always the Lone Pine route. Aside from making his usual bus route in the mornings and afternoons, Leon would help operate the grocery store.

He made many friends throughout those years, many stopping to visit him after they were grown and living elsewhere. Leon and Mary made their home on the Weldon Road for 46 years where Mary still resides. On their property on the Weldon Road are still remains of the John Satterwhite Cotton Gin. Leon died on January 16, 1971, and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery. To this couple were born two daughters, Mary Ella, August 2, 1931, and Betty June, September 4, 1933. They both were graduated from Lovelady High School and Sam Houston State University. Mary Ella married Roland Adams from Weldon. They have a thirteen year old son, Cliff Arnold Adams, and they make their home in Jacksonville, TX, where Roland is Vice-president of Nichols-Kusan. Betty Juen married Joseph C. Maranto of Galveston, TX, and they reside in Baytown, TX, where they are both teachers. Lovelady, TX Centennial 1872-1972.
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  Mary Ellen Baker Arnold (1902 - 1973)
  Betty June Arnold Maranto (1933 - 2015)*
*Calculated relationship
Evergreen Cemetery
Houston County
Texas, USA
Plot: Old B lot 22
Maintained by: Carol Anne Hoch
Originally Created by: Petty & Pickens
Record added: Feb 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48353905
Leon John Arnold
Added by: Carol Anne Hoch
Leon John Arnold
Added by: Marty Cash
Leon John Arnold
Added by: Carol Anne Hoch
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I thought of you with love today. But that is nothing new. And days before that too. I think of you in silence. I often speak your name. Your memory is my keepsake. With which I'll never part. God has you in his keeping. I have you in my heart.
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 Added: Sep. 23, 2012

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