Dorothy Arnold


Mrs. Dorothy Mae Jones Smith Arnold, 80, of the Sugar Valley Community in Georgia, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at her home.

Dorothy was a lifelong resident of Sugar Valley. She was born Sept. 19, 1937, daughter of the late Richard Franklin Jones and Bessie Mae Williams Jones.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and by her brothers and sisters, Valeria Wilson, Helen Rodgers, Clarence Jones, E.O. Currence, Juanita Shrive, Virgil Jones and R.A. Jones.

Dorothy was a hard-working Christian mother and wife who loved her family dearly. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s scholastic events and was their biggest supporter. She was a member of the 1955 graduating class of Sugar Valley School, where she excelled in basketball. Throughout her life, she was active in various community clubs. She was a faithful member of Sugar Valley Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Arnold of Sugar Valley; daughter, Sandra Smith Bearden; three sons, Eddie Smith (wife, Kyle), Ricky Smith (wife, Stacey) and Michael Smith; stepdaughter, Suzanne Arnold; two stepsons, Alan Arnold and Steve Arnold; grandchildren, Savannah and Jacob Sullivan, Mallory and Thomas Odom, Lauren and Joey Moss, Sierra Waters, Sydney Smith, Mason and Mia Smith; stepgrandchildren, Louis and Ayden Arnold, Bradi Parkevitch and Quade Burgess; great-grandchildren, Natalie, Eli and Nora Sullivan, Samuel Odom and Rhett Moss; stepgreat-grandchild, Percy Parkevitch; three sisters, Sue Holsomback, Nell Brown and Sarah Beth Barker; and one brother, Max Jones.

Visitation and a service to celebrate the life of Dorothy Mae Jones Smith Arnold were Jan. 20 at Sugar Valley Baptist Church with Pastor Mitch Phillips and the Revs. Dennis Reagan and Howard Duvall officiating. Burial followed in the Sugar Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers included Joey Moss, Jacob Sullivan, Thomas Odom, Cody Franklin, Joey Potts and Scott Brown. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Adult 1 Sunday School Class.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sugar Valley Baptist Church in Dorothy’s memory.

Friends may sign the online guest register at

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun, Georgia.