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Arnett Carl Preston is absent from the body but present with the lord as of July 29th, 2017. Leaving this world at the age of 82, he leaves behind a rich legacy of integrity, kindness, wisdom, humility and love which has blessed everyone within his sphere of influence; but especially his family.
Funeral service will be 10:30a.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 701 S. Pioneer Dr., with Dr. Jeff Reid officiating, burial will follow at Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. on Monday July 31, 2017 at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory St.
Initially, he was a long time faithful member and Deacon of First Baptist Church, Abilene and later Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. Love for Jesus Christ permeated his entire life as evidenced by his sweet countenance, gentle disposition, and ability to 'roll with the punches'.
Born in Big Springs, Texas to Docia Fay Terrell Preston and Arnett Carey Preston, November 1, 1934, Carl spent his early years growing up during the Great Depression. He later graduated from Texas Tech University as an Architect. During this time, he was married to Claudie Dell Carpenter and they had two sons, Randal Wayne and Russell Dean, all of whom have preceded him in death.
His career spanned decades working for firms such as Boone and Pope, Tittle and Luther, Grady Cosby, and finally, the Texas Department of Transportation before retiring.
He married Kay Walton in 2002 and they have had almost fifteen wonderful years of happiness. His family rejoices in the fact that Christ is risen, and Carl with Him.
Survivors include his sisters Melba Sykes, Quepha Lewis and Margie Weller; their children and grandchildren, as well as his loving wife, Kay Preston and her children and grandchildren.