Charles was the son of Jefferson Ray Arnold and Eva Lee Dowling Arnold, whose families were pioneers in Florida's early history in the fields of naval stores, turpentine, and saw milling.
He was born and
raised in Groveland, Florida. He attended the University of Florida, where
he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Social Fraternity and the "F"
Club. He lettered in basketball, golf and baseball. His education there
was interrupted by the terminal illness of his mother. He moved closer
to home where he graduated from Rollins College with a Bachelor Degree
of Science in Business Administration.
Following graduation from Rollins he played in the New York Yankee's baseball farm team as a pitcher. This activity was interrupted by World War II.
He served his country as an Officer in the U.S. Army Air Corp, now known as the United States Air Force, as a flight and bombardier instructor.
Charles was an avid golfer. One of his proudest moments was when he was club champion, course record holder and president of the Country Club of Orlando at the same time. When he was 64, he shot a 65. He was a club champion of the Orlando Country club several times. At one time or another, he held the course record at the Country Club of Orlando, Dubsdread, and Rio Pinar Country Club. He was charter sponsor of both the Florida Citrus Open and the Bay Hill Classic. Though his interest in golf he had occasion to play with some of the games greatest players including Sam Snead, and Dave Regan. He really enjoyed the opportunity to spend time and play golf with Arnold Palmer and Dow Fitzwald.
Charlie loved people and he loved life. He will always be remembered for his smile, intelligence, strength, athleticism, and his love and support of the Arnold clan.
He is predeceased by his brothers Jefferson Ray Arnold, II and Julian Ray Arnold, sisters Frances Arnold Cole and Lucille Arnold Schultz; grandson Kirk A. Arnold and cousins William W. Arnold, John S. Arnold II, and Richard Arnold.
He is survived by his sister Katherine Arnold, Herzog (Don), of Naples, Florida, his sister-in-law Alice Roberts Arnold (Julian) of Kendall, Florida, golfing buddy John McKey of Orlando, and beach buddy Roy Karst of Windermere.
Charlie leaves a living legacy through his children Jeff (Colleen), Ellen, Jim, Chris (Peggy) and Stacey Beavin (Scott) along with his grandchildren Mark (Jaime), Amanda Arnold, Aimee Arnold de Lindo, Jon (Kristy), Holly Bostic (Robbie), and Amanda Martin, and his great grandchildren Chase Arnold, Tyler and Tiffany de Lindo, Sophia and Julianne Arnold and Blake Bostick.
As he has departed this life, for a better place, his warm smile and willingness to help those he loved will be deeply missed. He is, at this time, probably arranging a golf game with his brother Jupe.
A celebration of Life Service to honor Charles Edward Arnold will be held at 3:00 p.m., April 24, 2010, in the chapel of the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, 106 East Church Street, Orlando, Florida 32801.
A private interment for the family will be held at Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando.
Donations may be made to the First Presbyterian church or to a charity of choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Baldwin Fairchild.