Siblings included Velma Beatrice Arnette (1899-1989), Royal “Roy” Adonis Arnette (1906-1974) (Bertha E. Prince had a brother named Adonis Milton Prince), James McLeod Arnette Jr. (1908-1983), Milton Prince Arnette (1908-1993) (James Jr. and Prince were twins), and Waldo Clegg Arnette (1903-1958) For decades the family owned and operated the Arnette Ice Cream Co.
He registered for the WW II draft in 1940 and described himself as 5’7”, 180 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He received his USAAF commission on 1 November 1942 and was sent overseas. On 4 February 1945, a C-46A, “Believed To Be,” # 42-107386, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1306th AAF Base Unit, Karachi, India, departed the airfield at Chabua, India, on a cargo and passenger ferry mission to Agra, India. It carried two crewmen and thirty-three passengers. He was a passenger on this flight. Like many aboard, he was on his way home. It crashed near coordinates 27º 12’ North & 93º 27’ East (Mil. Map MT 7451). One survived: TSgt Marvin H. Jacobs, 14th Air Force, who had a fractured ankle and possible internal injuries, and was evacuated from the jungle on 28 February 1945 to the 234th General Hospital. After recovery of the remains from a Military Airfield Cemetery in India, indistinguishable from one another, those who perished aboard were buried in common graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, Missouri, on 6 February 1950 (Sec. 78, Graves 1034 D & E).
His brother, James M. Arnette Jr., born 31 August 1908, served during WW II from 3 December 1943 to 22 December 1945. He died on 13 July 1983 and is buried in the Riverview Cemetery, Charlottesville, Virginia.
His maternal grandfather, William A. Prince, born 14 November 1827, fought in the Civil War. He enlisted on 3 October 1861. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on 30 October 1861, N.C. 31st Infantry Regiment, Co. I, and promoted to First Lieutenant on 15 September 1862. He was mustered out 25 March 1863. He died on 23 June 1880 and is buried in the Cokesbury United Methodist Church Cemetery, Harnett Co., NC.