Sechrest Funeral Service

1301 East Lexington Ave, High Point, NC


Arnold Jackson Koonce Jr.

November 2, 1925October 7, 2019

Arnold Jackson Koonce, Jr., age 93, passed away on Monday, October 7, 2019 at his residence after six months of declining health.

A graveside service will be held at 12 noon on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Floral Garden Park Cemetery in High Point. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening, October 10, 2019 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Sechrest Funeral Service on Lexington Avenue in High Point. Arnold was born on November 2, 1925 in High Point, and was the son of the late Arnold Jackson Koonce, Sr. and the late Nessie Smith Koonce. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Agnew Koonce, and his sister, Doris Koonce Clare.

Arnold attended The Citadel and Duke University prior to serving in World War II as a member of the US Navy. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Supply School at Harvard University, and then served in the Pacific during World War II. After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946, he graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he became a life-long Tar Heel.

Arnold was the retired General Manager of Carolina Container Corporation with 43 years of service. During those years, he devoted much of his time to the City of High Point and the surrounding communities. He served 12 years as a member of the High Point City Council, before being twice elected as Mayor of High Point. He also served 26 years on the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority, with ten of those years as Chairman. He served in several positions with the Masonic Lodge, American Heart Fund Drive, American Red Cross Blood Program, High Point Civil Service Commission, High Point Chamber of Commerce, Guilford Technical Community College, High Point Country Club, Presbyterian Homes of High Point and River Landing at Sandy Ridge.

He was awarded the 2003 High Point Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award and the 2009 High Point Enterprise Citizen of the Year Award. In recognition of his dedication and commitment to fresh drinking water for the City of High Point, in 2015 the City Council renamed the city lake the Arnold J. Koonce, Jr. City Lake.

While service to his community was a driving force in his life, Arnold also loved sports and the outdoors – particularly tennis and golf. He never missed a chance to be out on the Leath farm in Randolph County. He loved a good joke – particularly one on himself – and his family will miss his wonderful sense of humor and sage advice.

He is survived by his three daughters, Elizabeth M. Koonce, Susan K. Hinnant and Martha Redmond and husband Jobie Redmond, Jr.; and his five grandchildren, Samuel Hinnant, John Hinnant, Sarah Hinnant, Joseph Hinnant and MacLean Redmond.

Special thanks go from the Koonce family to Coleman Care Service – Niki, Myeisha, Mechelle, Tim, Lisa and Angie – and to Hospice of the Piedmont (thank you, Kasey).

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1803 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262, or the charity of one’s choice.

On line condolences may be made to the family at www.sechrestfunerals.com. Sechrest Funeral Service is honored to assist the Koonce family.


  • Arnold Jackson Koonce Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Nessie Smith Koonce, Mother (deceased)
  • Doris K. Clare, Sister (deceased)
  • Helen Agnew Koonce, Wife (deceased)
  • Elizabeth M. Koonce, Daughter
  • Susan K. Hinnant, Daughter
  • Martha Redmond and husband Jobie Redmond, Jr., Daughter
  • Samuel Hinnant, Grandchild
  • John Hinnant, Grandchild
  • Sarah Hinnant, Grandchild
  • Joseph Hinnant, Grandchild
  • Maclean Redmond, Grandchild

  • John Kime
  • Samuel Hinnant
  • John Hinnant
  • Joseph Hinnant
  • Jobie Redmond
  • John Stone


  • Visitation Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, October 11, 2019


Arnold Jackson Koonce Jr.

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Danny Snipes

October 10, 2019

Beth ,
I am sorry for your loss., of your dad.
Take care and be safe.

Pam Ilderton

October 10, 2019

Dear Beth, Susan and Martha,

There are no words to express my sorrow in hearing of your Dad's
passing. Just know y'all are in my prayers.

Pam Ilderton

Michael Haworth

October 10, 2019

I was probably introduced to Arnold the day I was born. He is a big part of my very first memories, and has always been a part of my life. As a child and young man, I looked to Arnold as a role model - I wanted to grow up into a man like him. That view never changed - even to this day. I relished the opportunity to sit and talk with him, to listen and to learn. I am a much better person because I knew him.

I will miss the opportunities to spend time with Arnold, but he will always be in my heart.

Sarah and Danny Bean

October 9, 2019

So sorry to hear of Mr. Koonce's passing
Didn't know him personally but we live across the street from his daughter Susan. If she is any reflection of her dad, then he was a wonderful person, because she certainly is.
Condolences to the family and prayers):

Bob Phillips

October 9, 2019

Margaret and I treasure our fond memories of Arnold and Helen through church participation and as Cherokee Hills neighbors . Our best wishes to their daughters and other family members.

Strib Boynton

October 8, 2019

Arnold was an extraordinarily respected man, who dearly loved family, church, and community. He was a valued and trusted mentor and friend, always encouraging the very best in everyone. Rest In Peace, my friend.