Arthur M. Dail

February 24, 2010


KINSTON – Arthur Milton Dail, 81, of Kinston, N.C. passed away on Wednesday, February 24,2010 at Lenoir Memorial Hospital after a year of declining health. He was born on Dec.28, 1928 to the late Betty and Arthur Dail in Duplin County, N.C.

A graduate of Barton College in Wilson, N.C., he received his degree in Business Administration in 1955. He proudly served in the United States Air Force as a flight engineer on a B29. Arthur also served as Wing Commander of the Civil Air Patrol for many years, president of Civitan International and the World Trade Organization. In recent years he served on the Advocacy Council for the AARP in North Carolina.

Mr. Dail held positions with First Citizens Bank for 30 years, his last being a vice-president. After retirement, he was called back to help organize the little bank in Kinston, N.C. in 1998.

Survivors include his beloved and devoted wife of 52 years, Joyce Godwin Dail; son Arthur Gregory Dail (wife Nancy) of Virginia Beach, Va; grandchildren Andrew Dail, Nicholas Dail, Katherine Dail of Virginia Beach, Va and Patrick George, Alexis George, Mary Ashton George of Statesville, N.C; sisters Jean Lange of Texas, Barbara Rivera of California, Helen Tjiong of Florida, Betty Calton of Raleigh, Glenda Lambert and Audrey Bradshaw of Clinton, N.C.

He was predeceased by his daughter Holli Dail George; sister Margaret Garity; and brothers Durwood and George.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at the Garrett-Jones Funeral Home, Ahoskie, N.C. on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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Michelle Ennis Wilson
14 years ago

I was heartbroken to learn of Nigs passing. He was special to me in part because he was so special to my mom & my Uncle Linwood & Snowball.

You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers. We love you.


Toni Rhodes Ennis
14 years ago

Joyce & Greg

My heart is broken to think that I’ll never see Nig again. I used to tell Linwood & Snowball that he was the brother I always wanted. When I was little I would get so excited when he would come home from college for the weekend because he always talked to me, & neither Linwood nor Snowball would do that. So that made him so special to me. I did truly love him & will truly miss him. You all are in mine & Richards daily thoughts & prayers. We love you all.

Richard & Toni Ennis

Jordan Parsick
14 years ago

Dear Mrs. Dail,

I was sadden to hear the new about Mr. Dail from Drew the other day. You are so lucky to have the support of your wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4

David and Jeanne Smoot
14 years ago

To the Family of Arthur Dail,

David and I remember Mr. Dail fondly as a good man and an outstanding professional who gave so much of himself to the community. We are sorry that he is gone, and extend sincere sympathy to you.


David and Jeanne Smoot

Bob & Edith Quinn
14 years ago


Words can not express the sadness we feel for you and all of your family today. We regret so much that we are unable to be with you, but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob feels that he has lost his best life-long friend.

With love,


Jean Walkker
14 years ago

Joyce, I attempted to send a condolence earlier, however I am not sure it sent, so sorry to hear about Arthur’s death. You can email me later or call (919) 787-7153. This is such a difficult time for you and the family and wanted you to know that I am thinking of you!!

With sincere sympathy!!

Jean Walker

Jimmy & Linda Quinn
14 years ago

Joyce: We were so sorry to hear about Authors passing. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. Just remember the good memories,

time doesn’t heal, but it makes things less difficult.

Jean Walkker
14 years ago

Hi Joyce, sorry to learn of Arthur’s death. You are still missed in Brookhaven and Glen Forest. Sorry to learn about Holli’s passing, what happened? My Bill passed away Oct. 2001 after fighting lung cancer for 15 months. I will be thinking of you and send deepest sympathy!!

Love, Jean

Tom Worth ,Jr.
14 years ago

Dear Family of Arthur Dail,

I was deeply saddened to learn of Arthur’s passing.

I greatly valued him as a friend,my banker and as my contact when I represented First Citizens in some matters many years ago.

He was a gentleman and a gentle man and be assured that he will alwaays be remembered fondly by those privileged to know him and a call him friend.

Sincerely,Tom Worth,Jr.

Donna Calton
14 years ago

My thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Joyce, Greg, the grandchildren and the entire family. I will always have fond memories of Uncle Arthur. He was a very kind and honorable man. God Bless.

With love,

Donna E. Calton