William Vance Arnold Jr.

May 8, 1936August 14, 2011

William Vance Arnold, Jr., 75, of Raleigh, died Sunday, August 14, 2011 at his home in Raleigh.

Mr. Arnold was born in Greenville, NC to the late William Vance Arnold, Sr. and Ruth Aman Arnold. He was a veteran of the US Army where he worked in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army. Mr. Arnold was a graduate of East Carolina University. He was a very talented writer and was employed with the News and Observer and other local newspapers as a sports reporter during his college years. Later, after his military service, he was employed with the Alexandria Gazette and the Richmond News Leader. He was appointed as the Director of the NC Department of Travel and Tourism and later appointed by Governor Jim Hunt the first NC Film Commissioner, where he was instrumental in bringing the film industry to North Carolina.

Mr. Arnold was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Jerry Arnold.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Jackson Arnold; son, Stephen Arnold of Raleigh; brother, John E. Arnold of Greenville, NC; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. The family will receive friends 1:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 18, 2011 at Pinewood Memorial Park in Greenville, NC.

Memorials may be made to the SPCA of Wake County.


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 17, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 17, 2011
  • Graveside Service Thursday, August 18, 2011

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Betsy Jordan

August 20, 2011

My sincere condolences to the Arnold family. Bill was a thoughtful mentor and friend to me on the Film Council and previously when he served the Hunt Administration as the first champion and Director of the Film Office. He is missed.

Betsy Jordan
NC Film Council 2001-2011

Dick Barkley

August 20, 2011

I enjoyed working and traveling with Bill on many occasions when we both were in the Travel & Tourism Department. He was a great guy.
-- Dick Barkley, Inverness, Fl

Betty Correll

August 19, 2011

Dear Dorothy,
So sorry to hear that Bill has passed away. Wanda contacted me to let me know. Years and miles may separate us (I live outside Dallas), but my thoughts are very much with you and Stephen during this difficult period.

Tom Bodkin

August 18, 2011

Dear Dorothy,
I was so saddened to learn of the death of Billy. I graduated from GHS in 1955. If I remember correctly, Billy was in my brother, Frank's, class. I have great memories of Billy. Not only was he a great Sportswriter, he was a great artist, as well. How proud I have been to follow his life with the Department of Tourism and the film industry in NC. Please know of our sympathy to you and your family.

August 18, 2011

Our condolences to the Arnold family from the New London, CT Film Commission. Peg Curtin Chair

August 17, 2011

You and Stephen are in my thoughts and prayers.
Betsye, Raleigh

August 17, 2011

Peace & Aloha from the Maui County Film Office. You will be missed.

Mark Dixon

August 17, 2011

Bill was a true innovator in the Film Commission movement. He was both a gentleman and a keen competitor who championed the interests of North Carolina. He was a friend and mentor to so many of us in the industry.

Frank Stephenson

August 17, 2011

I am deeply sadden to learn of the passing of Bill. I had the honor and privilege of knowing him for over 40 years. When he was Director of the NC Film Office Bill asked me to explore possible movie location sites in northeastern NC mainly in the Roanoke-Chowan region. We developed a list for him and over the years I met with him on numerous occasions and each time it was a joy. He was a great gentleman and a very fine man and a real asset to North Carolina. He will be missed. My sympathy and prayers are extended to his family.


August 17, 2011

To the family of Mr. Arnold: I am sorry for your loss. I hope your family will rely on the comforting words of God's Word, the Bible.