AMerican Veteran 11

Paul Ellis Arnett

December 9, 1950 ~ April 21, 2021 (age 70)

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Paul Ellis Arnett, age 70, of Athens, passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at UT Medical Center in Knoxville.

A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was a son of the late Woodrow and Artense Monroe Arnett.  Paul was also preceded by his loving wife of 49 years Patricia (Patsy) Ann Shepherd Arnett on January 28, 2019, stepmother Marie Underwood Arnett, son Chris Arnett and brother Jerry Arnett.  

He was formerly employed by Kelly Shepherd & Sons Oil Company and was retired from McMinn County Highway Department where he was a truck driver.  Paul also served in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

Paul was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church where he served as Deacon for several years.  He was very active in the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA).  He enjoyed camping and farming but most of all, he loved his family.

Paul is survived by

Daughter Stephanie Arnett of Athens,

Grandchildren Shelby Malone, Melody Malone (Kristin), and Kimberly Malone;

Great Grandchildren Rhett and Beau;

Stepsister Shirley Rothwell (Robert) of Decatur;

Brothers Ronnie Arnett (Johnnie) of Cleveland and Larry Arnett (Kim) of Athens;

Several Nieces and Nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 PM – 7 PM Saturday, April 24 at Antioch Baptist Church of Athens.  Funeral services will follow at 7 PM with Rev. Larry Arwood and Rev. Van Elkins officiating.  

Family and friends will gather at 1 PM on Sunday at Ziegler Funeral Home to proceed to McMinn Memory Gardens for the 2 PM Graveside Service.

Pallbearers will be Chase Cook, Cody Summers, Bryan Wood, Bryan Arnett, Blake Arnett, Scott Thompson, Jim Ferguson, Dallas Ferguson, Chuck Avery and Kyle Motes.

 The family would like to say a special thank you to the Englewood Rural Fire Department, Amedysis Home Health, his nephew Blake Arnett, Scott and Angie Thompson, along with Van Elkins, for all of the extra help along Paul’s journey to the end.

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Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Paul Ellis Arnett.


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April 24, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Antioch Baptist Church of Athens
218 Canal Street
Athens, TN 37303

Funeral Service
April 24, 2021

7:00 PM
Antioch Baptist Church of Athens
218 Canal Street
Athens, TN 37303

April 25, 2021

2:00 PM
McMinn Memory Gardens
1727-1739 County Road 560
Athens, TN 37303

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