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Michael Bascom Arant Jr.


January 22, 2018

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Michael Bascom Arant Jr.

Michael Bascom Arant Jr., of Hendersonville, died peacefully at his home Jan. 14, 2018, just shy of his 90th birthday.

He was born on Jan. 23, 1928, in Elloree, S.C.

He is survived by his sister, Miriam Stevens, of Pinehurst, N.C .; his three children, Ellen Lee, of Cedar Mountain, Laura Rife, of Sharon, Mass. and Michael Arant III, of Jonesboro, Ark.

He was "Pops" to eight grandchildren and proud to have bounced six great-grandchildren upon his knee.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Emmie Arant; one brother, five sisters, his first wife, Hallie Arant, and his second wife, Barbara Arant.

He enjoyed keeping his mind sharp with countless Sudoku puzzles, traveling to find the best, boiled peanuts with his sister, Miriam and his weekly bridge nights.

He will be remembered as a strong, tall man, with a welcoming smile, booming laugh and comforting bear hugs. Our "Pops" will be greatly missed.

A memorial blessing and celebration will be held at the Cedar Mountain Café, located at 10667 Greenville Highway, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at 3 p.m.

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Life Celebrations, 181 S. Caldwell St. in Brevard, is caring for the family.


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