Posted: Mon 1:18 PM, Oct 14, 2013
May 2, 1949 - September 24, 2013
My brother Charles Forrest "Buzzy" Arnold Jr., was born in San Francisco, Calif., on May 2, 1949. He died from a heart attack on September 24, 2013 in his home in Las Vegas, Nev. He was 64 years old.
His father Charles Forrest Arnold, Sr. and his mother Lina V. Arnold, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his brother, Robert Q. Arnold and his wife Melba of Bryan, Texas; two sons, Charles Forrest Arnold III and his wife Shannon and daughters Ashley and Cassidy Nicole and granddaughter Avery of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Matthew Lane Arnold of Santa Cruz, Calif.
Buzzy was the son of an Army officer, we moved often, met a number of different people. We grew up in San Francisco, Albuquerque, Mount Holly, N.J., Johnson City, Tenn., Tokyo, Japan and El Paso, Texas.
This brought out and developed my brother's greatest asset, he was the consummate people person. He was good-looking, very intelligent, could talk with you on any subject, was a good listener, he got along well with everyone, made friends easily, he would do anything for a friend, anything.
At age 20 the U.S. Army sent him to Southeast Asia, during the Viet Nam war. He returned with PTSD / mental illness, he was never the same person after that.
He was a good athlete, loved sports. When he was 15-16 years old, he was the best teenage swimmer and diver in the city of El Paso. He played on the golf team at Austin H.S. in El Paso, they practiced at Horizon Hills CC, where Buzzy met Lee Trevino. He loved telling his Lee Trevino stories.
Buzzy graduated from Austin HS in El Paso in 1967, received an associate's degree in business administration from El Paso Community College.
Like his two sons, Buzzy was very bright, he could figure out how to do anything. He worked at a number of different jobs, he was a commodity buyer for Nabisco in NYC, he was a buyer for a commercial supply company in El Paso, he worked in his sister-in-law's sign company, he was a welder, he worked for a toy-making company, he was even a gold-miner for a period of time.
Sincere thanks to Mr. Robert "Chuck" Williams of Las Vegas, he was Buzzy's good friend, he looked after and took care of him during his final years. Chuck, you're the best.
Buzzy was raised by two wonderful parents. Mom and Dad are happy now that their youngest son is no longer in any pain, either mental or physical.
I will miss my little brother and those 90-minute phone conversations when we talked about Phil and Tiger, the 49ers, the Texas Aggies, and every world event you could think of.
We grew up watching Red Skelton on television, he was one of Buzzy's favorites. Red would close his show by saying, "May God Bless".