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Arnold Whisnant JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. Arnold Whisnant passed away at the NHC rehabilitation facilities, in Johnson City, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the age of 82, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 14, 1931, in Morganton, to the late C.P. and Mae Whisnant. He is survived by a son, Gregory Whisnant and wife, Valerie and grandson, Zachary of Florence, Ky. He is also survived by one brother, Gene Whisnant of Morganton; dear sister-in-law, Katherine Whisnant of Morganton; two nieces, Tina Conley and Patrice Whisnant, both of Morganton; and two nephews, Scott Whisnant of Morganton and Steve Whisnant of Washington, D.C. Arnold attended Morganton High School and graduated in 1948. He excelled in football, baseball and basketball. He continued his athletics and educational pursuits at Davidson University and was a 3 year varsity letterman in football and baseball, as well as football team captain one of those years. Arnold was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He graduated Davison in 1953 and entered the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and was stationed in Europe, during the Korean War. After leaving the service, he went to work for Great Lakes Carbon Corp. in purchasing. He was based in New York City and at that time, met his late wife of 50 years, Barbara. They moved back to Morganton, for a job within GLCC, along with their new son. In 1967, they moved to Johnson City, Tenn. and Arnold began a new career with Snelling & Snelling Personnel. He owned a number of offices, in four states and was very successful in owning his own business, for over 40 years. Arnold was always involved in sporting functions at both Science Hill High School and East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. He was a member of the Lions, Kiwanis and 5th Quarter Quarterback organization, along with the National Football Hall of Fame Club, providing scholarships to local high school athletes. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing at the Johnson City Country Club. Both before and after his retirement, Arnold and Barbara enjoyed traveling the country, with friends and family including a number of cruises, trips to Europe and Alaska and to their favorite haven, the beaches of Wild Dunes, Kiawah and Hilton Head, S.C. Arnold always remained very active with Davidson University and their Alumni Association. He was an incredibly loving and giving man, wonderful husband, father and grandfather. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask you to consider a donation in Arnold's name to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Rd., Ste. 102, Johnson City, TN 37601-2060 or www.cancer.org. Morris Baker Funeral Home, of Johnson City, Tenn., is handling all arrangements. There will be a reception for family and friends from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9. A brief memorial will be held immediately following, in the South Chapel at Morris Baker, located at 2001 East Oakland Ave., Johnson City, TN 37601, 423-282-1521. Online condolences are available at www.morrisbaker.com.

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