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1011 Augusta Street
Greenville, SC 29605
Phone: (864) 242-1144
Fax: (864) 232-4636
Florence Arnold

Florence S. Arnold

Monday April 13, 1925 - Monday December 31, 2018
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Mrs. Florence Sullivan Arnold, 93, departed this life on December 31, 2018, after a brief period of declining health. Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Abraham and Lula Sullivan.

On April 19, 1946, she married Robert A. Sullivan, who preceded her in death. She later found love again, and married Robert L. Arnold, Sr., on September 15, 1962. To this union, were born two sons: Kenneth and Warren Arnold. Florence was a devoted wife and loving mother. Robert Arnold preceded her in death, after 25 years of marriage. She was also predeceased by her half-brothers and step-children. Her love for her family was only overshadowed by her love for the Lord. Prior to her decline in health, she was a faithful member of New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. 

Florence graduated from Sterling High School in 1941. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Benedict College and a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Furman University. She worked for the School District of Greenville County as a teacher for 37 years, serving at Allen School, Morton Elementary, Baker's Chapel Elementary, Tanglewood Middle, and finally retiring from Westcliffe Elementary in 1983. She was also an adult education teacher for 8 years. After retirement, she served as the secretary at Martin Webb Baptist Learning Center for several years.

Florence strongly believed in education, especially Christian education. She was an active member of many organizations during her lifetime, such as the Enoree River Baptist Women's Auxiliary, the SC Baptist Women's Convention, the National Congress of Christian Education U.S.A. Inc. and the SC Congress of Christian Education. She learned to play the piano at an early age and served as the pianist for Lincoln Street Baptist Church, a church founded by her grandfather, (Rev. Warren W. Sullivan). She later served as a pianist for New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and as a part-time pianist for Rocky Creek Baptist Church.

Florence was never too busy to help others, serving as a volunteer in the Critical Care Unit at St Francis Hospital. She also served the local community by teaching and leading many to love music and the arts. Whether it be a skit that she had written, a song that she had played or sang, or a piano lesson she had given, Florence continued to touch many lives. She was a gifted quilter and shared her creations with many people. She was also known for annually baking fruit cakes for others. 

Florence is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Valerie) and Warren (Marian). She also leaves behind to cherish her memory a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, sons-in law, daughters-in-law, a sister-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Amid all the problems that life sometimes brings, she held on to her faith and remained strong. Her life's motto was, “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living will not be in vain.” 
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday January 4, 2019 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday January 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary
    Address
    1011 Augusta Street
    GREENVILLE, SC 29605
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  • Service

    Saturday January 5, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday January 5, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
    Address
    135 New Pleasant Grove Road
    PELZER, SC 29669
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Christine E. Sweeney

Posted at 09:38am
To the remaining family of my dear cousin Florence, you have my most deepest and sincere sympathy. I'll always remember cousin Florence at Rocky Creek Church singing and playing the piano and our last conversation this past summer about my great-grandfather Newton Sullivan, which she helped me by giving me such valuable family history. R.I.P. cousin Florence...a good and faithful servant! Christine E. Sweeney
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Pastor Lonnie and Virginia Rector and Family

Posted at 05:27am
Our family share in your sorrow. Please know that we have fond memories of Sis. Florence's years of gladiator strength, leadership, fortitude, stamina and most of all love and dedication she demonstrated to the Martin-Webb Learning Center, North Enoree Association, as well as, in New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and to her family. Although, she is with the Lord, her legacy of a true role model and beautiful disciple lives on. May the Lord continue to give you comfort and peace. Love, Pastor Lonnie and Virginia Rector and Family (Newark, DE)
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C Bell

Posted at 11:24pm
To the Arnold family: It was such a pleasure to have met your mom a few weeks ago. I am so sorry for your lost. There is comfort in knowing that our Creator will not forget her and that you will see her again one day.
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Drew & Hillary Perry

Posted at 06:03pm
Please accept these flowers as a token of our sincere condolences. May you all be comforted and by the legacy and cherished memories of Mrs. Arnold.
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Helena Mc

Posted at 10:41am
Rest In GLORY Ms Arnold ♥♥♥ I Have some VERY fond memories of you from my childhood @ ROCKY CREEK MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH {{🎤🎶🎼Youth Choir}} My mom Mrs.Choice Was The Director. Your Soprano VOICE Will Be Missed ~ PRAYERS Of Comfort To Your Sons
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