Don “Tiny” Russell Arnold entered eternal life on Friday, November 3, 2006 in a local nursing home. Tiny entered this life on Monday, November 9, 1942 in Clinton, Oklahoma to Russell & Tracy Lurline Bingham Arnold. He moved with his family to Muskogee at the age of 3. He attended Whittier Elementary, Alice Robertson Jr. High, and graduated from Central High School in 1960. After graduation he attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Ok. Tiny later moved to Oklahoma City, Ok. He met, fell in love and later married Fayedell Ferguson on March 11, 1965 in Madill, Oklahoma. Tiny owned “Pops Popular Popcorn” in Oklahoma City. He was a buyer for W.E. Davis & Sons Food Distributor. Tiny and Fayedell moved back to Muskogee in 1976 where he owned and operated the 7-11 store. He later went to work for Muskogee Ford as a salesman retiring in 1989. Tiny was a member of the Muskogee Church of Christ, a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the Bedouin Shrine, Past President of the Morning Optimist Club, Paul Young Football League and Reunion Chairman of the 1960 Central High School class. He loved his church, family, grandkids. He enjoyed working crossword puzzles, going to horse races with his friends, and people. Tiny was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Lurline Arnold; wife Fayedell Arnold on December 2, 1988; Grandson, Brennen Scott Arnold; Sisters; Letha Reed, Betty Freeman, Catherine Norton and Edna Arnold. He is survived by his children, Mel Arnold and his children, Kristen & Brent, of Checotah, Ok. Tracey Moore and her husband Lance and their daughter, Reagan, of Muskogee, Ok. Sisters-in-law, Melva Canon and her husband Mike of Tuttle, Paula Petrolini and her husband Lou of Ohio; Brother-in-law, John Ferguson of California, many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Tiny will lie in state on Monday, November 6, 2006 from 8AM to 8PM at Bradley Funeral Service. Funeral Services will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, November 7, 2006, Muskogee Church of Christ with Pastor Monte Baggett, Officiating. Committal Prayers and Interment will follow in Greenhill Cemetery with Darrell Jones, Lance Moore, Carlin Canon, Keith O’Dell, Rusty Bingham, Roger Bingham, Paul Stewart serving as Casket Bearers. Honorary Casket Bearers will be Ron Lashley, David Madewell, John Garrett, Mike Canon, Clayton Canon, Larry King. The family of Don “Tiny” Arnold entrusted services to John & Kim Garrett, of Garrett~Smith Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Checotah, (918 473-2244)