William “Bill” Ray Arbogast, age 86, born in Whorton, WV, resident of Marshall, NC, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the John F. Keever Solace Hospice Center in Asheville, NC.
Bill was the son of the late Stonewall Jackson “Jack” Arbogast and Ora Burton Arbogast. He was also preceded in death by wives, Joyce Williams Arbogast and Kathleen Tweed Arbogast; four brothers: Donald Arbogast, Stonewall Jackson "Jack" Arbogast Jr, Dr. James Arbogast and Lewis E Arbogast; and three sisters: Pauline Arbogast Davis, Yuvonne Arbogast Bays Turk and Clara Mae Arbogast Gamble.
Bill is survived by his son James Ray Arbogast (and wife Tamara Hasty Arbogast); grandson Trenton James Arbogast; step-grandchildren: Abigail, Jack and Ian Blankenship; not-yet-named grandchild due next month; daughter Linda Gower; and granddaughters: Sue Ann Sturgill, Crystal Lyn Gower and Samantha Gilliam and 9 great-grandchildren; as well as by his sister, Jo Ann Arbogast Tilley (and husband Lloyd Tilley) and brother, Jack “Jay” Arbogast (and wife Judy Arbogast); and several nieces and nephews.
Bill was a proud Veteran of the United States Airforce. He had a love for old Westerns and Bluegrass and Gospel music. His favorite instrument was his mandolin. He also loved to shoot pool. He faithfully attended church and was a member of the church choir. Bill was a friend to everyone he met.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, November 15, 2019 at Calvary Worship Center Church of God, Marshall, NC in the fellowship hall - the family invites family, church family and friends to join them for a BBQ dinner at 6pm. The family invites Bill’s musician friends to bring their instruments and participate in a Bluegrass Gospel Jam session to honor Bill. Additionally, all attendees are encouraged to dress casually and wear their bib overalls or suspenders and plaid shirts in honor of him.
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