Frank "Bubba" Steele Arnold Jr.

April 26, 1939June 6, 2018

Frank Steele (Bubba) Arnold, Jr., 79, died on June 6, 2018, in St. Dominic's Hospital as a result of a complication with meningitis. Bubba was the son of the late Frank Steele Arnold, Sr., and Virgillee Holloway Arnold, both from Jackson, MS. He was born in Jackson on April 26, 1939. He married Judy Swetland Arnold from Grenada, MS in 1961. He graduated from Murrah High School in 1957 and then entered Mississippi State University. He was a member and officer of Kappa Sigma fraternity where he received a B.S. degree in business. After Bubba and Judy were married, they moved to Atlanta where he was a district manager of Itek Corporation. Eventually, he became a stock broker and worked at Morgan Keegan in Jackson for three decades. Bubba, his dad and sister were baptized on the same day in First Baptist Church, Jackson, where his mother was in the first Sunday School class in 1926. He was elected a Deacon and continued to be active in the Berean Sunday School Class. He was a regular visitor to sick friends and relatives as well as faithfully attending funerals while being on the Funeral Committee. Bubba and Judy would have been married 57 years this September. They enjoyed traveling, especially to Israel, and have been faithful members of the Explorer's Bible Study for 20 years. Bubba enjoyed his favorite activities through his memberships at the Jackson Country Club, Lake Caroline Golf Club and East of Eden hunting camp. Also, he was active in the Jackson Academy Booster Club, as well as a commissioner and umpire of Little League baseball, loving every minute of it. He entertained many loyal friends with his sense of humor and one-liners. Bubba was predeceased by his parents; daughter, Ashleigh Arnold Dehmer; brother-in-law, Jug Allen, and beloved cousins, Lewis Culley and Bobby Arnold. Survivors are his son, Frank Steele "Tripp" Arnold III (Kim) and their children Hannah and Sam; son-in-law, Josh Dehmer and his children, Steele Dehmer (Katherine) and their son, Whit; and Sydney Dehmer Fields (David); his sister Janie Arnold Allen Bradley (Milton); brother-in-law, Jerry Swetland (Elaine); sister-in-law, Jean Nevill (Jerry) and their children, Tracy Linck (Cary) and Bradley Nevill (Denise); niece Kellie Autumn Allen; and cousins, John Sullivan and Ralph Arnold. Service to remember Bubba will be held Saturday, June 9, 2018, at First Baptist Church chapel at 12:00 p.m. with visitation from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pallbearers are Sam Arnold, Josh Dehmer, Steele Dehmer, David Fields, Joe Gex and Cary Linck. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jackson Academy - Ashleigh Park Fund, P.O. Box 14978 Jackson, MS 39236.


  • Sam Arnold
  • Josh Dehmer
  • Steele Dehmer
  • David Fields
  • Joe Gex
  • Cary Linck

  • Jackson Academy Ashleigh Park Fund


  • Visitation Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 9, 2018

Frank "Bubba" Steele Arnold Jr.

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John and Margaret Mason

June 9, 2018

Judy, I am so sorry that I am unable to be with you today but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family as you say goodbye to Bubba. We certainly go back a long way to the days at State and the W. We will always remember Bubba and the days that he umpired in the Little League. John and the other coaches were so grateful for his contribution. Know that we love you.

Kim & David Gonzales

June 9, 2018

Judy & family,
We will continue to pray for comfort, peace & healing at this difficult time. There was never a time with Bubba that I did not leave with a smile on my face. That was just who he was from the first time I met him as a very young girl. Always making a joke. Making people laugh. I know Ashleigh greeted him with one BIG BEAR hug!! ❤️ I’m so grateful we all got to spend some time together at Sydney’s wedding. We love y’all.

Kim & David Gonzales.