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08/02/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Lucy Thornton Arnold

Lucy Thornton Arnold
(21 Dec 1931 - 26 July 2016)

Hampton High School Class of @ 1949

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have more sad if slightly belated news this Tuesday. 
 Lucy Thornton Arnold, Hampton HS Class of @ 1949, sister of Emmett Thornton, Jr., of FL, passed away at her home in Yorktown on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the age of 84.

   Widow of Spencer Arnold (Hampton HS - '48), she was the sister-in-law of  the Head Cheerleader of 1965, Pam Smith Arnold of CA, and of the late   Dave Arnold ('65).

    From the Head Cheerleader of 1965, Pam Smith Arnold of CA - 08/02/16, 7:17 AM - "Death":


Don't know if this will be of interest for your newsletter, but Lucy Arnold, my sister-in-law, who was married to Dave's brother, Spence, died last Monday. Lucy and Spence both graduated from Hampton High School. Her obituary is in the Daily Press.


   Oh, Pam, I'm so sorry to hear this! Lucy sounds like such a very fine woman. You and your family have my sincerest condolences.

From the Daily Press - 07/31/16:   

                   Lucy Thornton Arnold


HAMPTON - Lucy T. Arnold, 84, passed away peacefully and went to be with the Lord on July 26, 2016, at her home in Yorktown, Va.

Born on December 21, 1931, a native of Hampton, Virginia, Lucy attended Hampton High School and was a graduate of Christopher Newport University.

Lucy had a distinguished career as Recreation Program Administrator of Newport News Parks & Recreation, which began in 1969, and lasted until her retirement in 1993. As program administrator of Parks & Recreation, Lucy was instrumental in creating the city's annual Fall Festival of Folklife, which recently celebrated its 43rd anniversary.

She was a devoted fellow and choir member of the Northside Christian Church in Yorktown, Va., and a leader of Stephen's Ministry.

Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, Emmet P. and Beulah Thornton, and her late husbands, John Bernard Tekinder and James Spencer Arnold, Jr. 


Lucy Thornton Arnold

She is survived by her three loving sons, Dr. John Thomas Jobe IV (Helena), Dr. Mark Tilden Jobe, and Stephen Francis Jobe (Diane); and her brother, Emmet P. Thornton, Jr. Her large extended family includes six grandchildren, John Jobe V, Jessica Jobe O'Neil, Adam Jobe, Sarah Jobe Schwankl, Lisa Jobe-Shields, and Mark Jobe Jr.; 10 great-grandchildren, Carter & Logan O'Neil, Jack & Milly Jobe, Parker & Mason Jobe, Ezra & Lionel Shields, and Naomi & Faye Schwankl; and other adoring family members, Sue Jobe, Caroline Jobe, Dr. Takara Jobe, Tim O'Neil, Robert Jobe-Shields, and Dan Schwankl, as well as many wonderful friends.

Lucy's funeral service will be officiated by Northside Christian Church Ministry on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 11:00 am with remarks by Lucy's granddaughter, Rev. Sarah Jobe.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests expressions of sympathy be made to Northside Christian Church Student Center Fund, 1300 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, Va. 23693.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at  

Published in Daily Press on July 31, 2016.  
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

So sorry to hear this. Her bright smile and cheerful voice will be missed. I always enjoyed having her in the Playmates Class. She was a very special person.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Ms. Arnold was a really fun person to be around and she would always greet me with a smile. She will be greatly missed by many. I am glad I had the honor of meeting her. Love, Rolettie

~ Rolettie Ward, Newport News, Virginia

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What a great lady! Always a bright smile and kind word for everyone. Thankful to have known her and know she's rejoicing with her Lord and Savior and her loved ones in Heaven.

~ Jennice Reimert, Newport News, Virginia

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

I knew Lucy from Northside Christian Church. She was always so kind, smiling and happy to see me! I know she loved God and His people. I was blessed to know such a sweet person!
I will be praying for her family. May God bless you with His peace and comfort.

~ Meg Dean, Newport News, Virginia

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Lucy was the first to welcome me to Rainbrook Villas when I moved in. She became my puppy's "grandma" and gave her so much love. What a wonderful friend and neighbor. We lived so close and communicated mainly through emails. Lol I know she is now at peace in heaven. I miss her already. My deepest sympathy to her entire family.

~ Hope Perdue, Yorktown, Virginia    Contact Me

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Lucy was one of my favorite people to work with when I was with Newport News' Personnel Department. I know so many people will miss her. My condolences go out to her family.

~ Luana Bond, Williamsburg, Virginia

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

My dear sister, I am sure you are in heaven now, having a grand time talking with your family and friends. Sorry I was not able to fly up to your service but with my problems with shingles on one side and plantar fascia on the other side, plus being the caregiver for my handicapped friend, I could not make it.
Much, much love and many tears, from your brother.

~ Emmett Thornton, Jr., Ft. Myers, Florida


Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Lucy was unwaveringly kind to me. She will be sorely missed.

~ Bob Haines, Fort Myers, Florida

Tuesday, August 02, 2016



   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Lucy's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Blessed Assurance

Lyrics by Fanny J. Crosby (24 Mar 1820 - 12 Feb 1915). 1873
Music by Phoebe P. Knapp (09 Mar1839 - 10 July1908), 1873

Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.


This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.


Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.


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