Our beloved, Frank Arnette, passed away August 29, 2020. He left this earth exactly the way he lived it,
on his terms and in his way. He was home, as comfortable as possible, and resting. As his wife, children,
grandchildren, brother, sister, and friends, we will miss him dearly, but we cherish the life he lived and the time
we had with him.
Frank was born August 25, 1936 in Sampson Co (Salemburg) to Fannie Belle Arnette and Charlie Arnette.
He grew up and lived in Salemburg before later moving to Eastover (Fayetteville). At an early age, Frank
started training and would later become one of the best brick masons & concrete finishers in the state.
As the President of Coharie Construction Co., he would travel the state with his crews. After completing
over 200 projects with NCDOT, there is hardly a city in the State that you cannot find something he
helped to pour or build. Countless days and nights on the road lead to many state recognitions for his
work, including the North Carolina Administrators Minority Business Enterprise Award. He worked
harder than most can imagine. We know that the Streets of Gold will have much more brick and
concrete than ever before.
As he was accomplishing his goals and building his company, he never turned his back on anyone. He
was always there offering a hand up, if possible. He would talk for hours to everyone he met, especially
to younger contractors, about what to do and how to handle their business. He listened to every story,
but he never just listened, he took it on and found a way to help if he could.
When he finally took some time for himself, he loved to load up his car & trailer and head to the
dragstrip. Most of all, he loved to travel and admire both God’s ability & beauty. Whether driving across
the United States, cruising across the oceans or flying across the sky, he was usually on his way to a
blackjack table somewhere.
Even with all his accomplishments, Frank loved his family more than anything. He worked tirelessly to
make sure everyone had what they needed to succeed. Always there to share any knowledge he had to
give and to protect those he loved from the world. Even in his final days he would never finish a meal
without asking if someone needed or wanted some of it. He was not a perfect man, but he was perfect
for his family. Life will never quite be the same without this giant of a Man. He knew no bounds in his
work, love or life.
For now, we must say goodnight. May you rest in peace until we meet again. We will stay eternally
grateful for your time here and the memories you leave us with. As your family, we will carry you in our
hearts for all the days we have.
He is being cared for by Butler & Sons in Roseboro, NC. There will be a private family viewing on
September 6th, 2020, immediately followed by a Graveside Service at Fayetteville Memorial Cemetery at 5pm.
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