David Franklin Arnn, Sr. died May 15, 2013, in Altoona, Pennsylvania, as a result of injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident while on a Rotary International Rotocyclist Fellowship ride with fellow Rotarians.
David Franklin Arnn, Sr., was born September 24, 1941, to Buford Clay Arnn, Sr., and Madie Herndon Arnn, in Danville, Virginia. Preceding him in death were siblings Buford Clay Arnn, Jr., and Tommy Daniel Arnn.
He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman in Verdun, France.
He graduated from Lee College, Cleveland, Tennessee, preparing himself for his early years in the field of Social Work with disadvantaged children. David served as Social Worker at Bachman's Children's Home in Cleveland and later as Campus Life Director of Falcon Children's Home in Falcon, North Carolina. David loved children and especially serving as their advocate.
In 1976 he began his work serving the elderly of Golden Years Nursing Home in Falcon, North Carolina, as a licensed Nursing Home Administrator then later in 1983 moved to Johnston County to serve its elderly in need of skilled nursing care. He had a true passion for helping others in need expecting no recognition in return. He served as administrator of Johnston County Memorial Nursing Center and now Smithfield Manor until January of this year at which time his son Nathan, assumed that position. He continued as the president of Smithfield Manor, Inc.
David was a fun guy who cared deeply for others, serving as if no one was looking. He was a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, world traveler and "spoiler" extraordinaire of his bride, Carol, for 46 years.
David has previously served on the Zoning Board of Smithfield and later on the Council on Aging Board for 6 years, his last two as its chairman.
Another passion was his love of Rotary. He served as president of both Dunn and Smithfield clubs. 2001-2002, he served as District Governor of District 7710. His life exemplified the year's theme, "Mankind Is My Business". He was a Polio Eradicator supporting Rotary's goal and had traveled to India to administer the Polio vaccine.
David loved Boy Scouts and worked both in the Dunn and Smithfield communities with its program. All three sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
He was awarded the prestigious "Order of the Long Leaf Pine" in recognition of his work serving senior citizens in 2005.
Surviving are his wife, Carol, of the home at Lake Royale, David Arnn, Jr., (Robin Hailey) of Clayton, Jonathan Arnn (Betsy) of Hampstead, N.C., and Nathan Arnn (Alison) of Smithfield, four grandchildren, Audrey, Julie, Kane, and Jessica who all affectionately call him "Grandpollie", a sister, Dorothy Benson, and brother, Carroll Arnn, Sr. of Danville, Virginia.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Smithfield. The family will receive friends after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the David F. Arnn Endowment Scholarship, Johnston Community College, created for the staff's family members of Smithfield Manor or to Rotary International's Polio Eradication Program.