Wallace Allen Arnold, 72, of Ennis, went home to be with His Lord and Savior on Aug. 31, 2010. He was born on Aug. 12, 1938 in Fulton, Ark., the son of Robert Johnson Arnold and Estelle Ratliff Arnold after living in Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
He moved to Ennis in 1952 when he decided to make Ennis his home. He attended Ennis High School, class of 1957 where he met the love of his life Jaynie Duckett of Bardwell, Texas on a blind date in 1960 and then they were married in 1961.
He served in the United States Marines. Wallace and Jaynie were devoted to each other as best friends and companions and were married 49 years.
He is survived by his wife, Jaynie Duckett Arnold, children: Wallace Arnold Jr. “Buddy” and wife Loretta of Ennis, and Monica Pelzel and husband Tommy of Palmer, Texas, grandchildren: Nathan Pelzel, Alison Pelzel, Jared Arnold, and Jesica Arnold, siblings: Robert Arnold and wife, Betty of Hope, Ark., Margaret Floyd and husband, Fred of Portland, Ore., Paul Arnold of Fulton, Ark., Judy Jackson and husband, Melvin of Joshua, Texas, Jim Arnold and wife, Carol Ann of Houston, and Mike Arnold and wife, Donna of Okolona, Ark., plus numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, a sister, Linda Ferguson and sister-in-law Barbara Arnold.
He took pride in working for Cook Machinery Company where he started in 1958 and retired in 2002. He started at the bottom of the ladder as a sheet metal helper. His hard work, determination, and dedication advanced him to the position of vice president of operations at time of his retirement. He later decided that he was too young and had too much energy to retire so he decided to return to the workforce. He was employed with Polyguard Products Inc. and held the position of cost analyst and special assignments
His achievements include being an active member of the Bluebonnet Kiwanis for 20 years. He held the position of president for two terms. He was instrumental in co-founding the “Ennis Girl Softball League” where he served as vice president for five years including the construction of the Bluebonnet Softball Park in Fairview with his best friend Randall Williams, deceased.
He was a devoted Christian where he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 13 while attending Fairview Baptist Church where he was baptized. At the time of his death he was a devoted, faithful member and deacon of Anthony Drive Baptist Church. He was an avid reader and especially loved reading the Bible and westerns. His favorite western books were written by Louis L’Amour. He participated in a bowling league for several years while employed at Cook Machinery Company and also participated in playing softball on the Blue Angels men’s softball team. He was living his long time dream of being a cowboy and raising cattle. He was known for his many attributes which include being a devoted, loving, caring, gentle, honest, and talented husband, father, grandfather and friend. He always had a smile on his face and portrayed a positive attitude. He was always doing for others and never asked for anything in return. He loved everyone he met.
Visitation was on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010 from 6 until 8 p.m. at J.E. Keever Mortuary in Ennis. A Celebration of his Life was on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at 2 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel in Ennis with the Rev. Irvan Anthony and Dr. George Rogers officiating.
Pallbearers were Nathan Pelzel, Jared Arnold, Dalton Ferguson, Russel Campos, Luke Lipsey and Michael Ferguson. Honorary Pallbearers were the Deacons of Anthony Drive Baptist Church. Interment followed at Myrtle Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.
The family request donations be made to Anthony Drive Baptist Church Building Fund, Family First Hospice or to Meals on Wheels of Ennis.