SAMMY M. ARNOLD
Sammy M. Arnold, of rural Kahoka, MO, (Chambersburg) passed away at his home on Sunday, January 20, 2008, at the age of 92 years and 10 months.
Born on March 8, 1915, in Clark County, MO, Sammy was the son of Samuel E.Arnold, Sr. and Julia Gehn Arnold.
Sammy was united in marriage to Della M. O’Day on December 24, 1938. They were the parents of one daughter, Reva J. Arnold, of Lynchburg, VA, who returned to her parents home in the spring of 2007 to care for her father.
Sammy lived all of his life in Clark County engaged in farming. In his school years, he and his brother milked cows, bottled the milk, and delivered to homes in Kahoka. As a little boy, Sammy’s father was Sheriff of Clark County for two terms and his mother cooked hot meals for the prisoners. Sammy began farming with his father and it has always been his life’s passion along with raising livestock, especially the 20 years Reva worked alongside him. Sammy enjoyed people and laughter. He attended Chambersburg Church for several years then was committed in his faith to First Baptist Church of Wayland, MO. He has treasured lifetime friendships of many members there as well as three great pastors – Gene Spurgeon, Eddie Rape and Pastor Dan Deatrick.
Survivors include his wife, Della and daughter, Reva, both of Kahoka; brother-in-law, Andy O’Day of Wayland; and sisters-in-law, Thelma O’Day of Kahoka and Mary Mertz of Lutz, FL; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Roscoe Arnold; and three sisters: Berniece Neuendorf, Georgie Nichols, and Mary Jenkins.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 23, 2008, at 1 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Rev. Gene Spurgeon and Rev. Dan Deatrick officiating. Mrs. Heidi Fox was pianist and Pastor Dan Fox, vocalist. Selections were "Oh, What a Savior" and "The Lord’s Prayer". Additional music was "We all Bow Down" recorded by Ricky Skaggs.
Pallbearers were Larry Arnold, Boyd Elgin, Kent Harness, Wayne Hodges, Vernon Krebill and Boyd Woods.