Fallen Hero: CSM (Ret) James Anthony “Tony” Arnold


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McKibben & Guinn Funeral Services

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A graveside service will be held Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the Chapel Hill Cemetery at Big Creek.


Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero have been released from duty, passed from our ranks on  April 19, 2020 and moved on to his heavenly home. Command Sergeant Major (CSM) (Ret) James Anthony (Tony) Arnold, age 77, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served as First Sergeant (1SG) within the HHB 631st Field Artillery Group and then as Command Sergeant Major (CSM) for HQ 631st FA Gp  has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort and safety for their country ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur still remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.   Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.  You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels.  May God continue to look over you and your family.  “Stand At Rest Soldier”

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Mr. James Anthony “Tony” Arnold, 77, of Grenada, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2020 at Grenada Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.  He was born June 8, 1942 in Calhoun County to James Everett and Virginia Ruth Brown Arnold.  Tony retired as a Foreman after 44 years of service at Pennaco Hosiery in Grenada.  He also honorably served our country retiring as a Command Sergeant Major with the Mississippi Army National Guard.  Following his retirement, he worked for a number of years at Lakeway Sporting Goods in Grenada.  Tony was an avid outdoorsman always enjoying hunting and fishing.  He also ran in 21 marathons through the years.  Tony was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Calhoun County.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the Chapel Hill Cemetery at Big Creek.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Coker Arnold; one daughter, Donna Arnold Mills(Donnie) of Grenada; one son, Jamie Arnold of Gore Springs; one brother, Bill Arnold(Kathy) of Germantown, TN; six grandchildren, Tabitha Nail(Bryan), Courtney Marter, Meagan Kemp, Brittany Haddon, Austin Arnold and James Michael Arnold; and three great-grandchildren, Bailee Nail, Noah Marter, Millsie Marter and Harlan Kemp.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Patsy Dyess.

Pallbearers will be Jason Golding, Al Hankins, Dusty Rainey and Mike Staten.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.