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Lacy H. Arnold

July 3, 1921 - November 29, 2016

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Lacy Hyman Arnold, 95, of Tallahassee passed away November 29, 2016. Lacy is survived by his brother Sam Clint Arnold (Dianelle), and his children Kay Caster (Mark), Linda Sturm (Claude), Ann Marie Bachman (Guy), and Robert Arnold (Debbie). He is also survived by his grandchildren Steven Caster, James Caster, Matthew Bachman, Kathryn Bachman, David Arnold, Radik Arnold, and six nieces and nephews. Lacy was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn, a son Lacy "Buddy" Hyman Arnold, Jr., his mother Vera Arnold, his sister Bernice Atkinson, and his brothers Robert and Roy Arnold.

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Lacy Hyman Arnold, 95, of Tallahassee passed away November 29, 2016. Lacy is survived by his brother Sam Clint Arnold (Dianelle), and his children Kay Caster (Mark), Linda Sturm (Claude), Ann Marie Bachman (Guy), and Robert Arnold (Debbie). He is also survived by his grandchildren Steven Caster, James Caster, Matthew Bachman, Kathryn Bachman, David Arnold, Radik Arnold, and six nieces and nephews. Lacy was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn, a son Lacy "Buddy" Hyman Arnold, Jr., his mother Vera Arnold, his sister Bernice Atkinson, and his brothers Robert and Roy Arnold.

Lacy was born in Columbia, S.C. on July 3, 1921, and lived his formative years in Pensacola, Fl. and Cadley, Ga. During the Great Depression, Lacy helped support his family with odd jobs and a newspaper route. He loved living on a farm in rural Georgia. Attending Warrenton High School, Lacy played football and was a star fullback. In high school, Lacy met his sweetheart, Kathryn Hall, with whom he was married for 70 years. Lacy attended Georgia Tech University and he worked at the Varsity restaurant where he fondly remembered their famous chili cheese hot dogs, onion rings and frosted orange drinks. Lacy served in World War II as a pilot in the Army Air Corps flying resupply missions over the treacherous Himalayan Mountains of China, Burma, and India. Later, he joined the Search and Rescue group dedicated to locating downed crews lost over the dangerous routes. He was an honorary Flying Tiger and for his service, the Republic of China hosted a reunion trip in 2000 and awarded Lacy with a medal of honor for his service.

After WWII, Lacy completed his Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology at Emory University, where he was a member of Chi Phi fraternity. Lacy was recalled into the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and made a career out of his military service. Described as a "natural born" pilot, he served with the 305th Bomb Wing and the Strategic Air Command flying B-47s. With more than 30 years of service, Lacy flew over 26 different types of aircraft from trainers, fighters, transports to bombers. Lacy was awarded several medals for bravery and service including the Distinguished Flying Cross. During the Vietnam War, Lacy supported the military effort as a procurement officer. He retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1974. Afterwards, Lacy served as a procurement officer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.

In 1981, Lacy and Kathryn retired to Tallahassee. Lacy was a member of East Hill Baptist Church during which he taught Sunday school and served as a deacon. During his retirement, Lacy was an advisor to the Florida State University Institute on World War II, the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio and the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Ga., and enjoyed several Search and Rescue Mission reunions. Lacy was a member of the Tallahassee chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Lacy was thrilled to be a veteran honored at the 1993 Dedication of the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC and on the 2014 Honor Flight. In recent years, Lacy enjoyed family vacations to France, Scotland, and Ireland. He also celebrated his 95th birthday this year with an extended family reunion in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Lacy will be interred on Monday, December 5, 2016, at the Bayview Memorial Park in Pensacola. A memorial service to celebrate Lacy's life will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at East Hill Baptist Church in Tallahassee. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your chosen military veterans' charity or East Hill Baptist Church.