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Sara Goode Arendall

August 7, 1921 - Unknown

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Sara Trimble Goode Arendall
Aug. 7, 1921 - Apr. 30, 2014

Mrs. Arendall was born in Nashville, Tennessee on August 7, 1921. She grew up in Richmond, Virginia, where her father was Bostwick Professor of English at the University of Richmond. She received her B. A. Degree from Westhampton College of the University of Richmond in 1942, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

She was married to Edgar Mullins Arendall at a family home in Lonoke, Arkansas on August 3, 1942, and they remained joyfully united in marriage for 67 years...

Sara Trimble Goode Arendall
Aug. 7, 1921 - Apr. 30, 2014

Mrs. Arendall was born in Nashville, Tennessee on August 7, 1921. She grew up in Richmond, Virginia, where her father was Bostwick Professor of English at the University of Richmond. She received her B. A. Degree from Westhampton College of the University of Richmond in 1942, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

She was married to Edgar Mullins Arendall at a family home in Lonoke, Arkansas on August 3, 1942, and they remained joyfully united in marriage for 67 years until his death on October 29, 2009. They lived, studied and worked together during the early years of their marriage in Louisville, Kentucky, where he attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Thereafter, they served the Lord faithfully together during Dr. Arendall's long ministry as a pastor. They completed his three-year pastorate at First Baptist Church of Atmore, Alabama, before coming to Birmingham in 1948. At that time, Dr. Arendall became the pastor of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, where he remained until his retirement in June, 1984. During their 36-year-long ministry at Dawson, Dr. and Mrs. Arendall were a wonderfully productive team. While he served as pastor, she was a steadfast support to him, and she gracefully and effectively fulfilled the multitude of roles required of the pastor's wife of a large and growing church, while at the same time being a loving and caring mother to her three children.

Over her years at Dawson, Mrs. Arendall was the president of the Women's Missionary Union, the Howard College Auxiliary, and the Birmingham Baptist pastors' wives group, and the secretary-treasurer of the Southern Baptist pastors' wives group. After Dr. Arendall's retirement, they were faithful members of The First Baptist Church of Birmingham and Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, where they continued to serve actively. For many years, Mrs. Arendall taught Sunday School, both at Dawson and First Baptist. In later years, she took great joy in her roles as "Grandmama" to her grandchildren and "GG" to her great grandchildren.

Mrs. Arendall is survived by her sons, Douglas T. Arendall (Sandra) and David R. Arendall (Katie), and daughter, Sara Newell (Curt), all of Birmingham; brother, Clement T. Goode (Jane) of Waco, Texas; grandchildren, Ty Arendall (April), Aren Williams (Jason), Brendt Blanks (Andy), Luke Newell (Katie), Mattie Newell, Bess Tonkinson (Mike), Gwen Gordon (Jonathan), Pat Daniel (Wade), David Arendall, Jr. (Emmie), and Sara Arendall; 16 great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clement Tyson Goode and Bessie Mae Goode, and by her husband, Edgar Mullins Arendall.

The memorial service for Mrs. Arendall will be at 11:00 am on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, with Dr. Gary Furr officiating. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the building funds of either Vestavia Hills Baptist Church or Dawson Memorial Baptist Church.


Arrangements under the direction of Southern Heritage Funeral Home, Pelham, AL.