L.V. Arnett (1922-2014)
L.V. Arnett, 92, of Gatesville, passed away on Saturday, November 1, 2014. L.V. was born on February 18, 1922 in Hamilton County to the late Vernon and Emma Jeffries Arnett. He graduated from Pearl Rural High School in 1938. After he graduated, he went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree in 1942 from Baylor University. While attending Baylor, he played Varsity Basketball. He entered the United States Marine Corps. in 1942 during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1946. He went on to receive his Master's Degree from Baylor University in 1947.
L.V. married Georgia Patterson in Gatesville on June 3, 1947. They resided in Coryell County until moving to Balmorhea in 1950, where L.V. became Superintendent of Schools until 1953. They then moved to Fort Stockton where he served as principal until 1955, and then they moved to Van Horn where he was Superintendent of Schools. They moved back to Fort Stockton in 1956; in 1960 L.V. became a Realtor where he had built over 200 homes until his retirement. He served two terms as Mayor of Fort Stockton from 1963-1967, as well as being involved in the Fort Stockton Lions Club as Past President, and Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce as Past President. He was voted Outstanding Citizen of Fort Stockton in 1970. He taught Bible class for many years in Fort Stockton and Gatesville and was a member of the Downtown Church of Christ. They moved back to Gatesville in 1989. He was currently a member of Leon Valley Church of Christ in Temple.
L.V. is survived by his wife, Georgia Arnett; daughter, Michele Palmer and husband, Ed, of China Spring; son, Jed Arnett of Houston; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials for L.V. may be made to one of the following:
- Gatesville Boys and Girls Club, 2533 E. Main Street, Gatesville, TX 76528
- Coryell County Museum and Historical Center, P.O. Box 24, Gatesville, TX 76528
- or Pearl Community Center, c/o Ronald Medart, 2082 FM 1690, Gatesville, TX 76528
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 5, at Scott's Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Live Oak Cemetery in Hamilton County