Clifford Joseph “Cliff” Arnett, 74, husband of Carol Lani Hill Arnett, resident of Greenwood was called home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, January 10, 2018.
“Cliff” was born in Oakland, California on Wednesday, November 25th, 1943 to the late Joseph Cleveland Arnett and the late Nellie Setney Arnett. Growing up in Jesup, Georgia, helping with the family grocery store business and tending to the many cats, dogs, and goats, Cliff graduated from Wayne County High School where he excelled academically, played point guard on the basketball team, and was a starting pitcher on the baseball team. Upon graduation, he continued his education at his beloved Georgia Institute of Technology where he again was a starting pitcher for the baseball team.
Cliff was a born leader and exemplified this in everything he did. Whether it was being president of his high school class, captain of the basketball and baseball teams or leading in business, his peers always looked to him. He was passionate about mentoring and grooming his employees. His vocational career included; Vice President of R.D. Cole Manufacturing later becoming Brown Steel Contractors, President of Arnett Contractors, and Senior Vice President of the Columbus Water Works.
Cliff was also passionate about the outdoors. His favorite things to do were any kind of bird hunting, fishing, playing golf, and cooking. He loved being surrounded by loved ones and friends to share life together. In the end, he loved like there was no tomorrow, gave his all, and was confident in his salvation with Jesus Christ. His faith with Jesus was infallible and he was at peace.
Cliff was a member of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Greenwood, S.C. where he sang in the choir and served on several committees, served as Chairman of the Rutledge Center in Newnan, G.A., President of the Rotary Club in Newnan, Ga. He was institutional in major capital projects at Columbus Water Works, the Chattahoochee Riverwalk, The Combined Sewer overflow (CSO) program, construction of Oxbow Meadows, Ft. Benning Water and Wastewater Interconnections and the new Ft. Benning Water Treatment Facility. He played a key role in developing, negotiating, and managing the 50-year Water and Wastewater Privatization Contract with Ft. Benning, Georgia.
Survived by his loving Wife, Carol Lani Hill Arnett, Daughter and Son-in-law, Jana and Jay Foster of Flowery Branch Ga., Son, Keith Arnett of Jefferson, Ga., Son and Daughter-in-law, Andrew and Carson Arnett of Columbus, Ga., Son, Evan Arnett of Columbus, Ga., Grandchildren David & Melissa Foster, Christina Foster, Gracie Arnett, Weston Arnett and Nora Arnett. Siblings Sue Arnett, J.C. and Debra Arnett, Nancy (Arnett) and Mike Copeland, two nieces and two nephews, three great-nephews and two great-nieces. Predeceased by Joseph Arnett (1977) Nellie Arnett (2013) and Rhueanna Hill (2000).
A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted Saturday, January 13th from St. Mark United Methodist Church at 2:00 PM with Rev. Steven Brown and Rev. John Elmore officiating.
The family is at the home and will receive friends from 12:00 until the hour of service at the church.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made in Cliff’s memory to The Organ Fund of St. Mark UMC, 550 Hwy. 72 Bypass NW, Greenwood, SC 29649 or online at https://stmarkgreenwood.aware3.net/give.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.blythfuneralhome.com.
Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Arnett family.