Robert Lee Arrington
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Robert Lee Arrington
  • December 6, 1937 - September 22, 2017
  • Sulphur, Oklahoma

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Born in 1937 in Newport, TN to Jim and Imogene Arrington, Bob was one of 4 brothers, Wayne, Jimmy and Gene Arrington. Bob graduated from Oak Ridge High, Oak Ridge, TN in 1955. After high school he followed work which lead him to Nashville, TN and then to Oklahoma City. Where in 1957 he met and married Joyce Martin and they had 2 beautiful daughters, Gina and Jill. During his career at the Oklahoman, he continued his education while working a full time position and graduated with a Engineering Degree from OSU, all the while being an avid OU fan. He went to most of the OU home games with his dear friend Mike Shannon who worked with Bob for many many years at The Oklahoman. Bob was a Christian and attended Council Road Baptist Church as well as the Baptist Church in Mustang and then Midway Baptist Church in Sulphur, OK. Bob was a gardener and could grow wonderful fruits and veggies to feed the neighborhood. He was "Papa" to Abby and Lanee, and loved spending time being a grandpa, fishing and "riddin the gator" with his "girls".
He joined The Oklahoma Publishing Company October 31, 1955 and retired July 31, 1995, but continued to do consulting work until the passing of his wife in October 1996. He started out working with linotype typesetting machines, as an operator and mechanic in the newspaper's composing room.
As The Daily Oklahoman evolved in the 1970s with changing technology, he did as well, studying electrical engineering. He helped install and maintain the paper's early computer systems, and with every technological advance, he took on greater responsibility. He was greatly instrumental in the evolution of the newspaper's production methods from analog processes to digital systems. At the end of his career, he directed the newspaper's pre-press production department and was responsible for the news and advertising departments' computer terminals, and the production department's computer systems, typesetters and platemakers. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Wayne and Jimmy. Survivors' include his daughters Gina Starr, her husband David and Jill Centala, her husband John and their children Abby and Lanee Centala. His brother Gene Arrington, his wife Barbara and their son Darrell of Farragut TN. Nephews Eddie and Jeff Arrington, nieces Kim, Christy and Susan Arrington of Tennessee. Many cousins, neighbors, friends and co-works that he loved and cherished in his life. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 am, Wednesday, September 27th at Hahn, Cook, Street and Draper, 6600 N Broadway Ext., Oklahoma City, OK with Interment to follow at Rose Hill Burial Park.