Barbara Ann Birkhead Arndt born Dec. 26, 1936, in New Blaine, Arkansas to the late Lindell and Ina (White) Birkhead, passed away Tuesday, July 11 2017, in Paris, Arkansas after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was a 1954 graduate of Paris High School and a 1958 graduate of Arkansas Tech University. She was a retired elementary teacher having taught for 32 years. She taught in North Little Rock, Fort Smith, Charleston, Ozark, Benton and Paris, Arkansas, also in Sand Springs, Oklahoma and Fort Benning, Georgia. She was a life-long member of First Christian Church of Paris and member of Arkansas Retired Teachers Association.

On Oct. 9, 1965 she married Richard Arndt in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She is survived by Richard, her husband of 52 years, a daughter, Sallie Arndt of Paris; a son, Eric Arndt and wife, Melissa of Fayetteville; two granddaughters, Erica Arndt of Ozark and Audra Arndt of Fayetteville; a grandson, Kyland Arndt of Fayetteville; a step-daughter, Paula DeLeon and husband, Gilbert of New Braunfels, Texas; a step-son, Richard Kidd and wife, Kay of New Braunfels, Texas; two step-granddaughters, Diane Bracey of New Orleans, Louisiana and Emma DeLeon of New Braunfels, Texas; a step-grandson, Stephen DeLeon of New Braunfels, Texas; a sister, Eleanor Underwood and husband, Larry of Derby, Kansas; a brother, Bruce Birkhead and wife, Kay of Fort Smith; two nieces; two nephews and special friend, Hilda Turner of Scranton.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until -8 p.m., on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Roller Funeral Home Chapel in Paris.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Roller Funeral Home Chapel in Paris officiated by Rev. H.C. Varnadore, pastor of First Christian Church of Paris. Burial will be held at 12 p.m. at the Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Roller Funeral Home. Online guestbook at

Pallbearers will be Larry Underwood, Todd Birkhead, Bentley Allen, Harvey Johns, Bill Warren and Doug Morris.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Barbara’s name may be made to First Christian Church, 120 East Walnut Street, Paris, AR 72855.