MILBRIDGE - James William Arnold, 73, died peacefully in his home on March 1, 2016, while holding the hand of his loving wife, Anne Solomon Arnold. Bill was born October 20, 1942, in Elmira, New York, the third child of Bernice Taft Arnold and Anning Albert Arnold.
He attended Corning Public Schools and Winston Salem State University. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines, where he served during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged. He retired from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1996. For many years Bill was a weekly volunteer at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina. Active in numerous civic organizations, Bill was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a volunteer for the Eastern Agency on Aging, served on the board of the Milbridge Maine Historical Society, served as past president of the Milbridge Maine Friends of the Library, and a past official of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Advance, North Carolina. Bill was passionate about gardening of both flowers and vegetables. He had a wonderful talent for wood carving and painting. He was particularly proud of being a founding member of Incredible Edible Milbridge, an initiative to create a healthier community through growing and sharing food.
He was predeceased by two daughters, Penelope Arnold Homer and Kelly Arnold Navarre; brothers, Arthur Arnold and Ronald Arnold; sister, Laura O'Brain; as well as ex-wife, Beverly Surface. Bill is survived by wife, Anne Solomon Arnold of the home; daughter, Roxanne Arnold Weatherman (Arnold) of Mocksville, NC; daughter, Jennifer Arnold Cummings (Mark) of Pfafftown, NC; daughter, Jamie Arnold Butcher (Dustin) of Winston Salem, NC; stepdaughter, Joy Solomon Triplett of Grover, NC; and stepson, Sam Solomon (Sharon) of Pfafftown, NC. Bill also leaves behind 16 grandchildren, John Paul and Taylor Weatherman, Sarah, Jessica and Brantley (Allison Scott) Cummings, Kelli Arnold, Kaitlynne, Kendall, Kaleb, Kourtney and Kamden Butcher, Richard Neal, Kenneth Clore and Ian Homer; two stepgrandchildren, Jennifer Brady Ellis (Wayne) and John Grant Solomon (Lucie); two great-stepgrandchildren, Brady McCormick and Samuel William Solomon; a brother, Phillip Arnold (Evelyn Card) Millerton,Pa.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A committal service will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, Milbridge. Dr. Eric Kelly, pastor Emeritus of the Machias Congregational Church will serve as officiant. A memorial service will be held in the summer with the date to be announced later. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Incredible Edible Milbridge, 24 School Street, Milbridge, ME 04658. McClure Funeral Home of Machias, is handling arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com.