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Arnold C.J. Wagoner

February 17, 1934 ~ May 21, 2018 (age 84)
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Arnold C. J. Wagoner, 84, of Sparta, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018 at Alleghany Health.  He was born February 17 1934 in Sparta, NC to the late Folger and Minnie Lee Wagoner.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ira Gale Wagoner and brother, Buddy Joe Wagoner.

Arnold joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 and served 21 years until his retirement in 1972.  He was a member of Sparta Masonic Lodge #423, Piney Creek Masonic Lodge #432, New River Shrine Club, Bruce Wayne Osborne VFW Post #7034, and Sparta United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Mary Rash Wagoner of the Genesis Alleghany Center; sisters: Onalee Wagoner Andrews and Monra Edwards; brother, Bobby Dan Wagoner and wife Betty; several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the staff of Alleghany Center Nursing Home, and the staff of Alleghany Health for their compassionate care.

A public memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Bruce Wayne Osborne VFW Post #7034 with full military honors conducted by the post.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sparta Masonic Lodge #423, PO Box 1171   Sparta, NC 28675; Piney Creek Masonic Lodge #432 c/o Greg Wagoner 971 Cindy Lane Sparta, NC  28675; Bruce Wayne Osborne VFW Post #7034, PO Box 1838 Sparta, NC  28675; New River Shrine Club PO Box 1065 Sparta, NC  28675 or to Sparta United Methodist Church, PO Box 697 Sparta, NC.

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