John “Jack” Wiseman Arnold, 71, of Fort Smith passed away Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005, in his home. He was born in Kansas city, Mo., and reared in Fort Smith. He served as president of the Fort Smith Historical Society (2003-2004) and president-elect of the Heritage Foundation of Fort Smith in 2002.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence “Tex” Singleton and Eufalia Love Arnold.

Jack graduated from UALR in 1965, and held many offices as a member of the Chamber of Commerce while living in North Little Rock.

Jack served as past department commander of the American Legion Department of Arkansas (2001-2002) and commander of the American Legion Post No. 31 of Fort Smith (1999-2001) of which he was a life member. He served as the Department o Americanism chairman of the American Legion Baseball, Boys State chairman, and volunteered at the Fort Smith Veterans Administration since its opening in September 2000. Jack was appointed by Gov. Mike Huckabee to the Arkansas Athletic Commission in1999 and served as its 2001-2003 chairman. He was a board member of the Fort Smith National Expansion commission, a member of the Arkansas Veterans Coalition, a member of the Sebastian County Veterans Coalition, and a member of the Avenue of Flags committee, Fort Smith National Cemetery. On July 15, 2005, at the 87th State Convention the American Legion Department of Arkansas presented Jack with the Americanism Award and elected him as Arkansas Alternate Executive Committeeman.

Jack received one of Fort Smith’s highest awards, The Spirit of the Frontier, on Dec. 20, 2001, and the Mayor’s Award for Patriotism on July 3, 2001. Fort Smith Mayor Ray Baker proclaimed Aug. 12, 2992, as Jack w. Arnold Day in the city, and named his Father of the Year on July 1, 2004.

He was past president of the Fort Smith Morning exchange Club, a member of the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club Alumni Association, and a member of the Leadership Fort Smith class of 2003.

Jack was chairman-elect 2005-2006 of Crimestoppers of Fort Smith. Even though his illness left him unable to fulfill this obligation, his fellow bard members presented him with a plaque in recognition of and appreciation for his years as a member.

Jack retired after spending many years in building materials and furniture sales, and was a member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church. He is survived by his wife, Patty, (Patricia Ann Berg), of 46 years; two daughters, Lisa S. Thornton and Lori V. Burrows; a son, Stewart M. Arnold; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson, all of Fort Smith.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Foundation; the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368; or Peachtree Hospice, 4300 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72901.

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