Fallen Hero: Retired Sergeant First Class Acy Neal Arnold


Funeral Home

Riverwood Family Services

76 US-51 Brookhaven, MS
(601) 833-6680


12-2 p.m., Tuesday, July 2, 2024, Riverwood Family


2 p.m., Tuesday, July 2, 2024, Riverwood Family


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary:

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”.

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on June 26, 2024 and has moved on to his heavenly home.  Retired Sergeant First Class Acy Neal Arnold, age 81, who had served within the MSARNG in the 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.  Acy had worked fulltime at the Brookhaven Organizational Maintenance Shop (OMS).

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 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, sacrifices, 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, our 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, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:

Services for Mr. Acy Neal Arnold of Brookhaven are 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 2, at Riverwood Family with burial in Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery. The visitation is from Noon until the time of the service at Riverwood.

Mr. Acy Neal Arnold, 81, passed away on June 26, 2024.  He was born on November 27, 1942, to the late Powell Asa Arnold and Johnnie Mae Oglesby Arnold.

He served within the MSARNG in the 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment and worked full time for the Mississippi Army National Guard at the Brookhaven Organizational Shop before retiring.

He loved watching westerns, and Ole Miss Football! He was always there with a lending hand to everyone. He was a hard worker and a loving and devoted father and husband. His grandchildren were his world! He was a graduate of Washington High School in Adams County where he was the quarterback for the school football team and pitcher for the baseball team.

Preceding him in death are his parents, a brother, Wayne Arnold, a granddaughter, Megan Burr, and a great-grandson, Travis Burr.Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Joy Arnold, children, Neal Arnold (Annette), Charlotte Cooper (Jamie), Bryan Arnold (Jennifer), Richard Freeman (Brandi), and Renee Freeman; brother, Paul Arnold (Donna), eight grandchildren, Jashua Karabelen (Jessica), Brittany Burr (Brooke), Caitlin Freeman (John), Kelly Rayburn, Josie Higgins (Matthew), Jace Cooper Samuel Freeman Mattie Freeman Cameron Giesbrecht; eight great-grandchildren, Wyatt Etheridge, Alex Stewart, Nevaeh McEwen, Bobby Burr, Noah Zelensky, Mya Braly, Lorelei Carnell; along with other family members and friends and special pets, Tinkerbell, Livie, Sadie, Zip Zip, and Brody (deceased).