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Originally published: 2014-01-09 10:29:04
Last modified: 2014-01-09 10:29:49

James William Arnette

Mr. James William Arnette, 85, of Arnette Hollow Road, Vilas, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 8, 2014, at Life Care Center of Banner Elk.

Born Feb. 4, 1928, in Watauga County, he was a son of the late James Wesley and Pearl Arnette. Mr. Arnette was a member of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church. He was retired from ASU, where he worked in building services. James was also a farmer and beekeeper.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Hodges Arnette; four sons, Bill Arnette and wife, Gina, of Boone, Vernon Arnette and wife, Debbie, Danny Arnette and wife,Jane, and Bynum Arnette and wife, Dianne all of Vilas; one daughter, Kathy Simmons and husband, Allen, of Vilas; one half-sister, Flowers Yates of Lenoir; one half-brother; Fred Arnette of Zionville; two grandchildren, Spencer Arnette and friend, Jessie Henderson, and Vanessa Hensley and husband, Andy; three great-grandchildren, Grant, Isaac, and Elijah Hensley; two stepgranddaughters, Alisha Byrd and husband, Shane, and Cassie Gladney and husband, Curtis; five great-stepgranddaughters, Kendall Williamson, Hallie Byrd, Lexi Byrd, Alayna Gladney, Averie Gladney; one great-stepgrandson, Nathan Byrd; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Ralph, John, and Clyde Arnette; and four sisters, Mary Hicks, Annie Darnell, Verda Hicks; and an infant, Verda Arnette.

Funeral services for Mr. James William Arnette will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Derick Wilson. Burial will follow in the Arnette family cemetery. Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to the Arnette Cemetery Fund, in care of Junior Arnette, 366 Arnette Hollow Road, Vilas, NC 28692. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 to 3 p.m. at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.

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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Arnette family.