John "Splinter"'s Story
John Roy "Splinter" Arnold Jr., 79, of Romney, W.Va., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, just as he wished: in his tractor doing morning chores on the Arnold Farm.
He was born on Aug. 9, 1938, at the farm in Romney. He was preceded in death by his parents, John R., Sr., and Jessie Clower Arnold, and a sister, Dorothy Maynard.
Splinter was raised on the Arnold Farm and graduated from Romney High School with the Class of 1956. He played center on the RHS football team and served as president of the Hampshire County Future Farmers of America Chapter. He was one of the first Hampshire County recipients of the State Farmer Degree. He went on to work on the farm for the next 60 years. He met Nancy in high school, and they were married in August 1959. They had two children, Lisa and John III.
Splinter was a member of Romney Presbyterian Church, St. Luke Chapel, National Cattleman's Association, and Hampshire County Farm Bureau.
Splinter Arnold was a fixture on River Road and was an icon in this agricultural community. He was a man of integrity, stability, and hard work. Splinter always spoke to everyone he knew and never had an unkind word to say about anyone nor anyone about him. Every July, you could find him selling sweet corn from the back of his white truck in the Rite Aid parking lot or along his river bank visiting campers. He was a humble, generous and kind soul with no fanfare although he penned his owned autobiography "Splint" two years ago. His lifelong passion was farming, and he leaves that legacy to his next generation. Hampshire County has lost a true gentleman.
He is loved and deeply missed by his wife of 58 years, Nancy Pownall Arnold; his daughter, Lisa Roomsburg and husband, Paul; and his son, John Arnold III and fiancée, Trina Cox. He was Pappaw to granddaughters, Ashley Suddath and husband, Luke, and Amy Rickman and husband, Brandon; and four great-grandsons, Lane and Kade Suddath and Briar and Chet Rickman. He is survived by a sister, Norma and husband, Bill, of Morgantown, W.Va., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held on Sunday Jan. 28, 2018, at 2 p.m. in McKee Funeral Home Chapel, Augusta, W.Va., with Pastor Don Kesner officiating.
Interment will follow in Indian Mound Cemetery, Romney.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to one of Splinter's favorite radio stations at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind, 301 East Main St., Romney, WV 26757 (Classic Country 104.1 FM).
All arrangements are being handled by McKee Funeral Home, Augusta.
Published on January 26, 2018