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William Vance Arnold, Jr.
Bill Arnold's "James Dean look" in his yourger years!
William Vance "Bill" Arnold, a Kappa Sigma Nu Brother, passed away on August 14th at his home in Raleigh. As you will see from the obituary, printed below, Bill Arnold played an important role in both North Carolina's Travel & Tourism Industry and our State's important Film Industry. He also played a significant role in Virginia Travel and is credited with the "Virginia is for Lovers" campaign. From the photo above you can see why many of his brothers thought he also had "that James Dean look" in his younger years.
William Vance Arnold, Jr. May 8, 1936 - August 14, 2011, Raleigh, NC
William Vance Arnold, Jr., 75, of Raleigh, died Sunday, August 14, 2011 at his home in Raleigh.
Mr. Arnold was born in Greenville, NC to the late William Vance Arnold, Sr. and Ruth Aman Arnold.
He was a veteran of the US Army where he worked in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army. Mr. Arnold was a graduate of East Carolina University and was a member of the Kappa Sigma Nu Colony that became the Eta Beta Chapter of Sigma Nu. A very talented writer, he was employed with the News and Observer and other local newspapers as a sports reporter during his college years. Later, after his military service, he was employed with the Alexandria Gazette and the Richmond News Leader.
He was appointed as the Director of the NC Department of Travel and Tourism and later appointed by Governor Jim Hunt to be the first NC Film Commissioner. There he was instrumental in bringing the film industry to North Carolina.
Mr. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Jerry Arnold.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Jackson Arnold; son, Stephen Arnold of Raleigh; brother, John E. Arnold of Greenville, NC; and several nieces and nephews.
His funeral service was held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. The family received friends 1:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. A graveside service was held the following day at 2:00 p.m. in Pinewood Memorial Park, Greenville, NC.
Memorials may be made to the SPCA of Wake County.
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