|Birth: ||Oct. 31, 1952|
|Death: ||Jan. 28, 1991|
SPECIAL ELECTION NEEDED TO FILL ARNOLD'S TERM
by Joe Baggett
A special election is expected to be called within 30 days to fill the term of Douglas County Commissioner Bob Arnold, 37, who died in a one-car auto accident on Interstate 20 in Douglas County early Monday afternoon.
Details on the election were not available at press time. County Manager Herman Hill declined to comment Monday afternoon.
Arnold, a Democrat, took office Jan. 1 after defeating one-term Republican incumbent Steve Farris by a two-to-one margin.
The executive director of the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce from 1983 to 1987, Arnold was driving west towards Douglasville at 1:15 p.m. when he lost control of his Ford Bronco and ran off the right shoulder of the roadway. After he attempted to maneuver the vehicle back onto the road, it flipped over several times near the Lithia Springs weigh station, according to reports from the Georgia State Patrol.
Arnold, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered head and chest injuries as he was thrown from the vehicle into the median.
He was flown by helicopter to intensive care at Georgia Baptist Medical Center but died before he reached the hospital, according to a preliminary report from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 2:10 p.m.
Arnold was divorced and is survived by a son, Zachary Arnold, 2. Arnold's grandfather, Zachary Taylor Dake, was a prominent civic and business leader early in the century, serving as mayor and as a newspaper editor.
"Z.T. Dake carried us into this century, and I hope to lead us into the next century," Arnold said during his campaign.
The owner of Century 21-Atlanta West Reality in Lithia Springs, Arnold grew up in Douglas County and graduated from Wheeler High School in Cobb County. He earned a bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Georgia and a master's degree in urban planning from Virginia Tech. He lived in Cobb County from 1965 to 1980.
Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday afternoon following the arrival of the family from Claxton Tuesday, said a spokesman for Whitley-Garner Funeral Home in Douglasville. The tine of the funeral was to be announced Tuesday afternoon.
- The Douglas Neighbor, January 30, 1991
Julian "Jay" Arnold (1921 - 2009)
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