August 1, 1943 ~ August 3, 2022

Born in: Murphy, NC
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Phillip Arrant, 79, entered his heavenly home on August 3, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lomer and Kathryn Arrant of Clyde and brothers-in-law Jim Bodnar and John Kesler.

Phillip was married to his wife Shirley for fifty-six years who survives him. He was the proud father to his son David who resides in Asheville. Also surviving are his sisters; Joy Bodnar of Kernersville, N.C. and Anita Kesler of Irmo, SC; his niece Amanda Ross of Charleston, SC and her husband, Gabe and son, Jack.

After returning from Vietnam, he worked for the N.C. Employment Security Commission for thirty-four years.

He was a member of Skyland First Baptist Church and enjoyed participating in Brotherhood local Mission projects. His legacy is his willingness to help other people any way he could.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Skyland First Baptist Church with Pastor Robert Ponder officiating. Burial will follow at Shepherd Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Church from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to Skyland Fellowship Hall Building Fund, P.O. Box 278, Skyland, NC 28776.


Funeral Service: August 6, 2022 2:00 pm

Skyland First Baptist Church
2115 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704

684 7214

Visitation: August 6, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Skyland First Baptist Church
2115 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704

684 7214


Shepherd Memorial Park
US Highway 25
Naples, NC


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Shirley and David,
    The whole Stevens Family is saddened by the loss of Philip. We are thinking about you, love and prayers to you both.
    Bob and Darlene Stevens

  2. Ms. Shirley and Phillip’s family, we were truly blessed with a true Christian, great husband, fantastic dad and a friend and neighbor to all! Thank you for sharing him to those that he became part of their lives. He will truly be missed! Thoughts and prayers with all of you, but we will see him again! Praise the Lord!!

  3. Phil was a good friend, and mentor where I met him on my job at the Employment Security Commission. He was very patient with my questions as a new employee. He was kind and thoughtful to everyone. He loved his wife Shirley and son David very much. It showed in the way he spoke of them often. He was very proud of them.
    Anyone that knew Phil, thought well of him. He had a smile, and listening ear for all of his customers. He will be missed. I will continue to pray for peace and comfort for his family. Rest in peace dear friend.

  4. I worked with Phil for eight years in Asheville until I transferred to Hendersonville. He was very kind to me, the newbie. During one of my first winters there, it snowed while we were at work. I was afraid to drive my Chevy Malibu in the snow, and Phil immediately offered to take me home. He delivered me safely! When I last saw him, David, he was telling me all about you. He was so proud. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Shirley and David.


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