Born 10-20-1920 -- Died 10-19-2005
Robert Burton Arwood, who wrote the popular humor column "Me and Ole Charley" for the Villager Journal during the 1990s, died peacefully in his sleep Oct. 19, 2005, one day before his 85th birthday.
"Charley" was modeled after a real Army buddy who served with Arwood during World War II in Europe.
Arwood was born Oct. 20, 1920, in Mammoth Spring and grew up near Black Oak, Ark.
He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He took part in the Normandy invasion at Omaha Beach and went through the European campaign. He was wounded in France and received a Purple Heart.
While serving in Japan his writings were published in Stars and Stripes and the 1st Calvary Newsletter.
Arwood retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a supervisor in 1989, and he and his wife, Betty, moved to Cherokee Village.
In retirement he was a prolific writer and won dozens of awards for his short stories in writing contests in Arkansas and in neighboring states. He also had several novels in the works.
He enjoyed country music and began playing the steel guitar after high school in Lepanto, Ark. While in the Army, he started a western swing band and played on the Armed Forces Radio Network over Radio Toyko.
He was a member of Ward Street Church of Christ in Hardy.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Dawkins Arwood; two daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Nick Owens of Arrington, Tenn., and Judy and Mike Schoggen of Little Rock; one brother, Don Arwood of Memphis, Tenn.; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Jasper Arwood and Mattie Arwood.
The funeral service was held Oct. 21 at Ward Street Church of Christ with Bro. Gerald Bolin and Bro. Tom O'Neal officiating. Burial followed in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Highland, with arrangements under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Hardy.