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Sandy Claiborne Arrington

June 15, 2021

Sandy Claiborne Arrington, 96, passed away June 15, 2021.  He was born and raised in Bedford, VA.  He was preceded in death by his father, Walter J. Arrington, Sr., his mother, Evelyn Kelso Arrington, and his brother, Walter J. Arrington, Jr.  He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Carwile Arrington, a son and daughter-in-law, Don W. and Charlotte Holdren Arrington, and a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Arrington and James B. Davies.  He was a loving grandfather to 4 grandchildren (Damon Arrington, Joey Arrington, Benjamin Coffey, Jane Coffey), 2 step-grandchildren (J. Benjamin Davies, Emma Davies), and 1 great-grandchild (Noah Albert).  He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the latter part of World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations and in the Occupation of Japan.  He was a longstanding member of the Virginia Army National Guard serving with the 116th Infantry, 29th division where he held many positions including Company Commander of Company A.  He also served in the Army Reserves with the 2174th U.S. Army Garrison and was a life member of the American Legion.  He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after serving as Postmaster at Bedford and Danville, VA.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Oakwood Cemetery in Bedford with the Rev. Philip Parker officiating.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, is assisting the family. To send online condolences please visit

Graveside Service: Oakwood Cemetery, Bedford; Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM

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Phyllis, Don and Nancy, We are sorry to hear of your loss of Sandy. Your family has always been special to us. I hope our paths will cross again soon. I’m sorry we can’t attend the service. I am going to be at another memorial at the same time.

Posted by Fred and Charlotte Duis on June 18, 2021

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