Arnold D Jolly

May 18, 1930January 11, 2021

Arnold David Jolly 90 of Amarillo passed on Monday, January 11, 2021.

Arnold was born May 18, 1930 in Colleyville, Texas to Elza and Ruby Morris Jolly. He married Tina Hawkins May 14, 1952. He was a railroad conductor and retired from Burlington Northern Railroad.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Tina Jolly, an infant son, daughter Toni Jolly, one sister Freda Scott.

Survivors include one daughter, Terri Jolly of Amarillo, one son David Jolly and wife Sue of Davenport Florida; two grandsons, Jon Jolly of Carlisle Pennsylvania, Steven Jolly and wife Samira of San Diego California, plus their two daughters Ruby and Emmy, one brother Alton Jolly and wife Hattie of Amarillo; one sister Debra Newman and husband Terry of New Braunfels Texas.

Arnold will be missed by both friends and family.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, January 14, 2021



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Steven Jolly

January 13, 2021

Early in 2020 I was looking forward to traveling to Amarillo with my family to spend Grandpa’s 90th birthday with him but conditions did not permit a large gathering. I think that he influenced me more that he knew as I often listened to him as if he was trying to teach me something profound. I spent significant time riding in the passenger seat on road trips using gas receipts and the odometer to calculate gas mileage(at every fill up) and spending time reading the map to determine a route that seemed to always be about one percent further than the route that he was going to take anyway. I still don’t know to this day if he really knew the exact mileage of each route, but he sure seemed confident.

Over twenty years ago when I told grandpa that I was joining the Army he seemed disappointed that I was not going straight to college and told me that I was going to be behind by four years due to not going straight to school. I felt that I had proved him right when it took me almost ten years to get a two-year degree. I feel that I have become a lifetime learner because the emphasis I perceived that he put on education.