Ray B. Arrowood, 88, of Bangs, passed away Thursday June 19, 2008, at his residence. Graveside services, under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home, will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2008, in the Bangs Cemetery with Michael Light officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 Friday evening at Davis-Morris.
Mr. Arrowood was born May 8, 1920, to Jess Wilburn and Nellie (Bowden) Arrowood in Burket, Texas. He married Nelda June Fletcher Aug. 31, 1946. From 1940-1945 he served in the United States Army 124th Calvary in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, fighting primarily in China, Burma, and India. He was awarded the Purple Heart Feb. 12, 1945, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, and the American Defense Medal. He worked as a rancher and farmer, was a Baptist, and Chief of the Bangs Volunteer Fire Department for 35 years. Ray was an avid outdoorsman, loving hunting and fishing, greatly loved his poodles, was very helpful to his many friends, and an artist with bailing wire and duct tape making just about everything broke, work.
Ray is survived by son, Jack Arrowood and wife Sandy of Bangs; daughter, Sharon Steele and husband Bob of Bangs; nieces Dolores Wilson of Midland and Peggy Tiffany of The Woodlands; granddaughter, Becky Arrowood of Bangs; great-granddaughter, Jill Kellmes of Blanket; several other nieces and nephews; three great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bill Dickson of Granbury.
Ray was preceded in death by wife, Nelda Fletcher Arrowood, on April 14, 1989; parents, Jess and Nellie Arrowood; and sisters, Leo Hudson, Elva Rose Dickson and Laverne Arce.
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