This Spring our resident spotlight is our not-so-new couple, the Arnolds! They recently moved into a beautiful two-bedroom grand apartment in our Mountainview building, but they are not new to Kirkwood at all! Patsy and Joe have been volunteering at Kirkwood for over 15 years now. Patsy blesses us with her gift of playing the piano for a myriad of events on Kirkwood’s campus, including, our weekly worship service! Joe has been around as well, providing moral support for Patsy’s performances, and keeping folks entertained with his charismatic personality.
Patsy is from Holcomb, Mississippi, and she is the youngest and now, only living of 12 children. She graduated from Mississippi College with a BA in Religious Studies and has a minor in Piano. After graduation, she began working for Highland Baptist Church in Mt. Laurel. Joe is originally from Trinity, Texas but he moved to Mississippi in 1958 – working in oil – and met Patsy there while she was working for the church. They quickly fell in love and got married and soon after, they moved to Birmingham in 1964 and had two daughters. Patsy taught piano for 55 years and Joe started a business manufacturing equipment for the natural gas industry. Their daughters now live in New York and Kentucky and they have 3 grandchildren. In their time in Birmingham, the Arnolds have found joy and purpose in serving the Lord at their church, McElwain Baptist Church (recently renamed Hope Community Church). Of course, living in sweet home Alabama, they enjoy cheering for Saturday football before heading to Sunday church. Their favorite team is the Crimson Tide and after Joe’s retirement, he had the exciting (and perhaps at times difficult) job of being Nick Saban’s personal driver! The Arnold’s also cheer for Baylor and SMU, as that is where their daughters graduated from. They have lived at Kirkwood for a few months now and are loving it! Patsy says her favorite thing is the staff and residents because they are so loving and welcoming.
Joe and Patsy bring so much light and life to our community. On any given day, you can find Patsy practicing her piano in the Chapel or on the baby grand in her apartment, and you can find Joe watching Alabama football and making everyone around him laugh! We are thankful to have this wonderful couple as part of our Kirkwood Family.