Arthur Newton Waggoner, 81, passed away on June 10, 2016 in Decatur, Texas. Arthur was born February 27, 1935 in Dallas, Texas.
Arthur married his sweetheart, Virginia Arlene Waggoner, on March 6, 1953 in Dallas, Texas. They were married for 63 years. Arthur was a graduate of Texas A & M College, class of 1958. He was a computer scientist and eventually owned his own business, Systems Alliance. They spent most of their life in Garland, Texas, eventually fulfilling their dream of retiring to Rocky Comfort, Missouri. They lived the past two years in Decatur, Texas.
Arthur was a life-long learner who loved to read and discuss a wide variety of topics from politics to science to music. He loved music and played the French horn and piano throughout his life. His children “fondly” remember waking up to the sound of classical music filling their home as Arthur practiced his French horn. He was a performing member of the Bella Vista, Arkansas community band.
Arthur also enjoyed gardening and was able to spend many hours at their farm in Missouri gardening and raising cattle and sheep. He had a sarcastic sense of humor that he especially enjoyed with his brother David.
A firm believer in individual rights, Arthur founded the McDonald County Property Rights group, and he successfully led several initiatives to protect property rights in that county.
Survivors include his loving wife, Virginia and his children and their spouses: Robert Waggoner and wife Debbie, Mark Waggoner and wife Nancy, and Kathryn (Waggoner) Hoffmeyer and husband Tom. Other survivors include his brother, William David Waggoner and wife Dalta; his five grandchildren and their spouses: Carrie (Waggoner) Reese and husband Scotty, Brent Waggoner and wife Kassia, Andy Waggoner and wife Kourtney, Jamie Waggoner and Laura Waggoner, and his great grandchild, Evelyn Elsie Reese as well as many nieces and nephews.
Arthur was preceded in death by his parents Arthur Norman Waggoner and Virginia Lou Pedigo Waggoner and sister Charlotte Ann Waggoner.
Memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (pulmonary fibrosis.org) or Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1295 Greenwood Road, Decatur Texas.