Arnold “Arnie” Leon Goard

September 2, 1942 - May 21, 2013
Arnold “Arnie” Leon Goard

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Arnold “Arnie” Goard, 70, of Hendersonville died Tuesday May 21 at the Elizabeth House. A native of Roanoke, VA, he had lived in the Atlanta area from 1966 to 2006 when he moved to Hendersonville. Having served stateside during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Airforce, he moved to the Atlanta area and was an aircraft and powerplant mechanic for Delta Airlines, retiring after 28 years with the company.

Arnie was a member of Mills River United Methodist Church and served on the Visitation Team in addition to volunteering for the Etowah United Methodish Churches Fishes and Loaves food pantry, and organized several golf tournaments benefiting various charities at those churches. He was an avid woodworker and was a member of the Woodturners Guild of North Carolina.

Having been recently proceeded in death by a brother, David Goard, he is survived by his wife of 22 years, Norene Goard, two sons, Daryl Goard and his wife Rebecca of Loganville, GA and Kirk Beckham and his wife Amanda of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, three sisters, Angela Parker of Winston Salem, NC, Marlene Minish of Lewisville, NC and Carolyn Schrader of Durham, NC, a brother, Ronald Goard and his wife, Joanne of Greenwood, SC and three grandchildren, Sierra and Savannah Goard and Matthew Beckham.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 25 at Mills River United Methodist Church. Rev. Paul Thompson and Rev. Paige Ann Miller will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mills River Life Enrichment Center, 137 Old Turnpike Road., Mills River, NC 28759 or Four Seasons Compassion for Life Elizabeth House, 571 S. Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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  • May 23, 2013
    Brenda Baldwin says:
    I was SO sorry to hear about the lose of Arnie. Norene, I will hold you and your family in my prayers.

  • May 24, 2013
    Wayne & Leone Screist says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loss of a good friend.

  • May 24, 2013
    Jim Mapp says:
    A true friend--the greatest friend with whomI have shared a lot of good memories. Arnie was a person whom it was a pleasure to know and call a friend. We met in the USAF at Eglin. Airforce base in 1962 and have remained friends ever since. May the lord be with his family in this tinme of sorrow.

  • May 24, 2013
    Evelyn Nichols says:
    My prayers are with you during the passing of "Arnie". He was always a positive happy person. I will miss him as I deliver your mail. If you need any thing just let me know.

  • May 26, 2013
    Rick and Brenda Layne says:
    Dear Norene, I was so sorry to hear of Arnold's passing. I always loved being around him. We will miss him very much. Please know you are in our prayers. Rick and Brenda Hundley Layne