Joseph Elward Arnold, 79

Graveside services for Joseph Elward Arnold, 79, of Bakersfield, were held March 27, 2021, at Baptist Hill Cemetery near Bakersfield. Mr. Arnold died March 23 at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas.  

He was born Dec. 6, 1941, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the son of Nelson Arnold and Frankie Robinson. On March 1, 1968, in Crider, he married Phyllis Mullins. Mr. Arnold was a Navy veteran. Before his retirement, he worked as a technician at Baxter Lab. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed going to their ballgames; he also loved to hunt and fish.  

  He is survived by Phyllis Arnold, his wife of 53 years; four children, Shane Arnold and wife Amy of Harrison, Arkansas, Heath Arnold and Wendy, and Nichole Marsh and Kenny, all of Bakersfield, and Doralee Garrison and husband Anthony of Thayer; 10 grandchildren, Amanda Hinten and husband Donnie, Emily Clark and husband Waylan, Kristin Arnold, Keean Marsh, Elizabeth Arnold, Klayton Marsh, Ethan Arnold, Kaitlin Marsh, Cailee Garrison and Camryn Garrison; two great-grandchildren, Finley Mack Clark and Rynnleigh Jo Marsh; two sisters, Joyce Young and husband Thomas of Crider and Johnnie Kay Minge of West Plains; and several nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Mickey Arnold; one sister, Jean Bratton; and two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joe Bill and Hazel Bales and Mack and Mary Ann Mullins.  

 Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 W. Main St., West Plains, MO  65775. Online condolences may be expressed at   

Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, directors.  

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