Edgar F. Arnold

edgar arnold

January 29, 1938 ~ June 29, 2024

Born in: Atmore, Alabama
Resided in: Nashville, Tennessee

Edgar F Arnold peacefully entered into the presence of the Lord on June 29, 2024. Edgar is predeceased by father Edgar F Arnold Sr. and mother Sara Nerissa Coleman. He is also predeceased by a beloved aunt and uncle, Carlos and Harriet Arnold Lively and granddaughter Rebekah Lindsay Ware.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Darla Sims Arnold, daughters Ellen Arnold Ware of San Diego CA, Martha Arnold Oman (John) of Nashville, TN, and Elizabeth Harriet Arnold of Nashville TN.

He is also survived by granddaughters, Catherine Oman Hendrick (Paul) Boca Raton, FL, Christine Ware Lott (Brian) Nashville, TN and Elizabeth Oman Jasarevski (Mirza) Brentwood, TN. His family is grateful that Edgar was able to know his four great grandchildren, Elizabeth Theodora Hendrick, James Henry Jasarevski, Benjamin Allen Jasarevski, and Matthew Oman Jasarevski, to whom he was affectionately known as “Eggie”. Also surviving are sisters, Nicky Hamm and Lynn Airheart of Wilmington NC.

Edgar grew up in Atlanta and then moved to Oak Ridge, TN where he graduated from high school in 1955. He then attended the University of Tennessee where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and captain of the UT tennis team. After graduating from UT, Edgar received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He served in the army for two years before moving to Nashville where he spent the next 50 years in the brokerage/investment business.

Edgar was a devoted servant of Christ, a great encourager, and gentle soul who loved people well. He had a great wit and keen sense of humor and could tell a story at any given moment. He loved sports of every kind, sports trivia, SEC basketball, and could recall scores and statistics at any given moment. He was always interested in those around him, and the sports that they had played and in the sports that their children and grandchildren were involved in. But his greatest joy was teaching the scriptures throughout the years in various bible studies whether at church, home, or the workplace and the long-lasting relationships that developed.

After suffering a stroke in 2018, Edgar was asked to lead the weekly devotional time at NHC The Trace where he was a patient for almost 6 years. He was also visited weekly by lifelong friends for a Friday morning men’s Bible study for which the family is very grateful. The family also wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the devoted friends and staff from The Village Chapel who called and visited weekly as well as all those from NHC-Trace who loved and cared for Edgar so well.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 12 at 1:00 pm at The Village Chapel, Nashville, TN, followed by a reception at the church. The family would ask that any donations made in Edgar’s memory would kindly be made to one of the following ministries: The Village Chapel, PO Box 121954, 2021 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212, Daystar Counseling Ministries, 2801 Azalea PL, Nashville TN 37204 or Community Bible Study, 790 Stout Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80921.


Memorial Service: July 12, 2024 1:00 pm

The Village Chapel
2021 21st Ave. South
Nashville, TN 27212

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  1. To my sweet co-worker and friend, Elizabeth: I am so sorry for your dad’s passing and I know you are heart-broken. Take comfort in knowing you were there for him and able to spend precious time making memories that will last a lifetime. Your dad is home with Jesus and you can also take comfort in knowing you will see him again. I love you sweet sister in Christ and please let me know if there is anything I can do besides pray for all of you. Blessings on all of you.

  2. I keep thinking, “Great is his reward in heaven!” Edgar and Darla had a fruitful Bible ministry for decades — at least since the early 1960s — consisting mostly but not only of home Bible studies. His absence from us will be a somber reality while we’re here; but it is good to realize he is rejoicing pain-free in Heaven, healthy as he was in his tennis days. To think he bravely endured five years of torture without complaining — and now he’s pain-free.
    ~~ John 11: 25-26 Hardy Housman

  3. Elizabeth: I hope you know how much your Publix family loves you and know that we are all here for you and thinking and praying for you through this difficult time.

  4. What an honor it has been for me and Richard to know Edgar and Darla and be under the biblical teachings of Edgar for many years. He lead us in various Sunday School lessons and home studies that included the Bible as well as study books and music! He was such a man of God and a good Christian role model, as well as a loving father and a wonderful husband. Our condolences to Darla, Elizabeth and the family✝️. We loved him very much and heaven has a new saint! Your friends, Carol and Richard Vehling

  5. I met Edgar & Darla at Immanuel Baptist Church in 1970 just before I graduated HS. I had accepted Christ at 8 years of age. Edgar was my first teacher to move me from child in Christ toward maturity in Christ. I attended his home Bible study for about a year then off to college, business, marriage and we lost track of each other. Many years later in August of 2017 at a mutual friend’s funeral we saw each other. He invited me to his Bible Study and I picked him up each week to go to the study & run errands. This continued until March 2018 when my mom broke her hip. Then Edgar suffered a stroke later the same year. So once again we were separated until he called me by “mistake” 3 or 4 days before he died. Darla was there with him & we all shared our memories from the early days. God is good. I thank him for this amazing friendship. Gary Cave

  6. Edgar has been a blessed friend, mentor, bible teacher and encourager to many people including Lynne and me throughout the years. We thank the LORD for Edgar, Darla and his beloved family. We rejoice that Edgar is in the presence of Jesus. We will truly miss Edgar and look forward to that great reunion—when we’re all in the eternal presence of the LORD of Life (Matthew 22:32; Romans 14:8). Bruce and Lynne Patterson

  7. Edgar was one of the people I love and respect most for his life well lived. This sentence in his obituary sums up his life perfectly: He was a devoted servant of Christ, a great encourager, and a gentle soul who loved people well. He and his wife Darla had a decades long ministry of hospitality and generosity, and I have no doubt that many are (and will be) in Heaven because of them.

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