Meridian Star


May 1, 2013

Bobbie Lee French Free Arnold

MERIDIAN —     GULFPORT – Bobbie Lee French Free Arnold, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed from this life into the loving arms of her Savior on Sunday, April 28, 2013. On January 21, 1932, she was born to Robert and Leatisa (Leadie) French in Union, the youngest of five children. She lived in Meridian, until 2003 when she moved to Saucier. For many years she attended Abundant Life Tabernacle in Meridian, and most recently, The Pentecostals of The Gulf Coast. Always full of life and laughter, she loved her family and she loved God. Her friendship will be missed by many.

    Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Gerald Arnold; four children: Diane (Gilbert) Young of Gulfport, Bobby Free of Saucier, Sharon Glasier of Saucier, and Rev. Rick (Lynn) Free of Pearl; one step-son, Jim Arnold of Raymond; nine grandchildren; one step-grandchild; 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Doris French and Sue French, both of Meridian; and, numerous nieces and nephews who were all so special to her.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Leatisa French; her sister, Retha Burns (Paul); three brothers: Cooper French, Rev. Glover French, and Rev. Edgar (Florence) French; son-in-law, Ed Glasier; and, two great-grandchildren: Charles Duran Young and Anthony Chandler Young.

    Visitation will be held at The Pentecostals of the Gulf Coast in Biloxi, on Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a home-going service at 7 p.m. A second service will be held on Friday, at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in Meridian, with visitation from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., prior to the service at 2:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Meridian, with Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, O’Neal Road, Gulfport, in charge of arrangements.

    Family and friends may view and sign register book at

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