Arvin James Topps

December 9, 1954February 10, 2021

Arvin James Topps was born on December 9, 1954 to Robert and Eula Stowers Topps in St. Louis, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother-in-law Jerry Robinson and nephew Pili Robinson. Arvin married the love of his life, Melitta, on November 26, 1994. Arvin majored in finance and received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City. He began his career in accounting at Lee Jeans and the Internal Revenue Service, which led to his 30-plus years with the Central States Conference (CSC) of Seventh-day Adventist. During his career with CSC, and often with his wife Melitta, Arvin drove thousands of miles between the different churches in the Conference from South Dakota to Colorado. Arvin was very active at old Beacon Light Church and at Linwood SDA Temple. He served in many departments including Pathfinders, Deacons, Sabbath School, the Treasury Department and as an Elder. As a young man Arvin was a member of the Adventist Youth Society (AYS). Arvin Arvin represented Linwood at AY Federations, Youth Congress, in Temperance contests, and he was a real team player in sports competitions. He became the Elder over Childrens' Ministries and was on the regular rotation of Childrens' Church story tellers. Arvin was a gentle giant with a heart and passion for children. He led by example - mentoring several generations of young people. Arvin was a faithful Servant of God who loved his family, his church family, and his friends. He was loved and will be sorely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Arvin leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Melitta; son Wayne "Doug" (Amanda) Rowe; aunt Victoria Sikes; uncle Fred Powell; sister Bessie Robinson; brothers Robert "Skip" (Coyela) Topps and Wendell (Sabrina) Topps; sister-in-law Melody Ramsey; nephews Anthony Robinson, Randy Robinson, Robert Topps III, Joe Davis-Topps (godson); nieces Tonnette Topps, Brittany Topp and Felicia Robinson; two honorary sons Kevin (Mari) Harrell and Jonathan (Christina "Mitts") Green; godson Hakim Majeed; goddaughters Erin Harrell and Morgan Harrell; and a host of friends and family who affectionately knew him as Uncle Arvin.


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Judy Frye-Brownelli

February 20, 2021

To the Topps family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have known Arvin for so many years. I remember when Jerid was 2 or 3 years old and Arvin had to get him while we were in Wichita at church.
Arvin got up to get him when he was up and down the aisle acting out. Arvin took Jerid out and when he came back all was good. I asked Arvin what did you do???? Arvin said I asked Jerid if he needed an attitude adjustment. To this day Jerid never acted out in church nor does he talk in church. Arvin will truly be missed. Arvin was truly a man of God. May God comfort you all.


February 19, 2021

Melita, Doug, Bessie, "Skip", Coyela, Wendell, and other family members. I share in your pain! It hurts to lose such an example of a Christian. He's been there for so many people, young and old. My sermon, which I videoed from the sound booth, had his encouraging "Amen"!!!!
It was truly a pleasure and honor to have him in my life as a friend and associate, and someone to look up to...literally and figuratively!!!!
I can't wait for us to meet again when Jesus comes, and gives him the voice to sing His praises!
My prayers and thoughts are with you!
God's blessings and peace be with you all!
Michael E. Wright, Sr.

James and Brenda Byers

February 18, 2021

Dear Melita, Bessie, Robert, Wendell and other family members.

James and I are so sorry that we will not see Arvin again in this life but believe we will see him in heaven. He was truly a Christian man who was full of life, who stood for what he believed and lived the best he knew how according to the Bible. He loved the Lord Jesus Christ and it was his desire to meet God in peace. He is asleep now, but not for long. He that shall come will come and will not tarry. What an example he was for us! God bless you all.

angela foster

February 18, 2021

I want to take this time to remember my brother in Christ, brother Arvin Topps. He was a man who had a quiet spirit yet very kind, loving, friendly, helpful, and the list just goes on and on. I will truly miss his always kind gestures every Sabbath and his kind spirit. My condolences to his wife Sister Topps and his entire family. He will be deeply missed.

Donald Wallace

February 17, 2021

I would like to extend my deepest condolences for loss of your husband, step father, brother, and uncle. Arvin being my life long friend it feel like loss my brother. We share so many good time throughout of our lives it difficult just pick one. I will be praying for strength for the family as going this trying time your life.
Donald W. Wallace

Wanice Buford

February 17, 2021

There are soo many good memories of Arvin from me growing up at Linwood and watching my brother, Joel & his friends including Arvin playing basketball against the elders of the church, to Arvin helping the youth with Pathfinders or me as a young adult seeing Arvin & Harry cooking in the kitchen at the Adult Retreats in the Ozarks. Arvin was always active in activities like playing softball on Sunday mornings down at Central's ball field or playing on the Linwood's Men's Basketball team for yrs. Arvin was a great baker, I used to always ask him about his Strawberry Bread (I hate I didn't get that
Arvin will always be remembered for his commitment to the church and his seriousness towards his relationship with God. Arvin was a great friend and male mentor to the youth at Linwood, Rest well my brother in Christ! We who remain at Linwood will surely miss you! Continued prayers for his wife Melitta, & Douglas, His brothers and sister, Skip, Bessie and Wendall. May God wrap his arms around you and keep you during your time of sorrow.