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Joel Jordan Arrendale
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Dr. Joel Jordan Arrendale, 95 ½, died May 3, 2012.

He was born Oct. 30, 1916, in Rabun County to the late John V. Sr. and Tallulah Edwards Arrendale.

He was preceded in death by: his wife of 69 years, Catherine Thompson Arrendale; his brother, John V. Arrendale Jr.; two sisters, Clyde A. Pleasants English and Ruth A. Ezzard; and three nephews, Jim Pleasants, Henry Ezzard and Bill Ezzard.

He is survived by: his son, Bruce Arrendale; his daughter, Suzanne A. Strickland and husband Ricky; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Gwen Arrendale; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Janie P. Taylor, Jeanne N. Pleasants, Peggy P. Thrasher, Joanne E. Barksdale, Dr. John Ezzard, Lucy E. Bartlett, Betty Ezzard and Elizabeth E. Powell.

He was a graduate of the Young Harris Academy, Maryville (Tenn.) College and the Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Arrendale served in World War II as a captain in the Army Medical Corps. He was assigned as a surgeon on a hospital ship. For over 40 years he practiced medicine in Hayesville, N.C., and Cornelia in the state prisons in Alto and Reidsville, and in Douglasville.

He was a member of Douglasville First United Methodist Church, a Mason, a member of Scottish Rite 32nd degree, a Shriner and a member of the University of Georgia Gridiron Honorary Society. He excelled in his hobby of creating fine furniture, wooden trays, bowls and boxes and whimsical items.

His body was donated for medical studies. Donations in Dr. Arrendale’s memory may be made to the Anatomical Donation, Medical College of Georgia, 1120 18th St. CB1101, Augusta, GA 30912.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Beck Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. An online guestbook is available at

The Clayton Tribune, May 10, 2012