The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 1, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013

David L. Arritt

On the same day his Daddy died 37 years ago, David L. Arritt, 70, died at home in Fayetteville, on September 29, 2013.

He was the son of the late Fletcher M. and Sara B. Arritt. His brothers are Fletcher M. Arritt Jr., Fork Union, Va. and John B. Arritt, Fayetteville, W.Va.

David was a graduate of Fayetteville High School, Marshall University and the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. He played football at Marshall (1962-65) and received All Mid-American Conference football honors and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966-68 as a Sergeant E-5 (Military Police, Korea).

David taught and coached at Wahama High School and taught at Ansted and Midland Trail High School. He worked in the coal mines and was an instructor for West Virginia University College of Mineral and Energy Resources. He served as the Assistant Director for Fayette Plateau Vocational Center and Principal at Rosedale and Fayetteville Elementary Schools. David served on the Fayette County School Board for over 21 years, making him the longest serving member in its long history. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

David is survived by his wife Maria Williamson Arritt; Commander David L. Arritt Jr., USCG, Martinsburg, W.Va.; Lieutenant Commander William, USCG, and Mindee Arritt, San Diego, Calif.; Robert and Rochelle Arritt and Elisabeth, Abigail, and Anna Leigh, Knoxville, Tenn.; Jeff and Sarah Stover and Isabelle, Lynchburg, Va. and Frank and Megan Arritt, Fork Union, Va.

Viewing will be at Dodd-Payne- Hess Funeral Home on October 1, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. A private funeral service will be held for family members.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of David L. Arritt to: Fork Union Military Academy Developmental Office, P.O. Box 278, Fork Union, VA 23055 or to the church or organization of your choice.

Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

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Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.

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