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Veteran home textiles executive Arnie Stevens passes

Nashville, Tenn. – Long-time industry executive Arnold “Arnie” Stevens died unexpectedly on June 12 at a hospital from pancreatic cancer. He was 73.

During his career, he worked for Cannon Mills, Springs Industries, Collins & Aikman Bath Fashions, C.S. Brooks Bath Fashions and Saturday Knight Ltd. He spent nearly two decades as VP at Maples Rugs, retiring a few years ago.

“He always found the good in all people,” said industry consultant Barry Leonard, a long-time friend who first met Stevens when he was hired under him at Springs Industries. “He was a big brother to me, but he was a father figure to many people over the years.”

Stevens was born July 24, 1948 in Inwood, N.Y., according to his obituary. He attended Lincoln University in Lincoln, Penn., and Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y. He enjoyed playing and watching basketball. He also loved playing the trumpet and traveling.

He is survived by his wife Angela Stevens, son, Adam Stevens (Opher Shamir), grandchild, Amada Stevens, bonus daughters, Rashida (Eddie) McKarge, Ereka (Charles) Clark, Bonus grandchildren, Layla and Jackson Clark, sisters, Maron Alona (L.W.) Irby, brother, Peter (Linda) Stevens, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Terrel Broady Funeral Home in Nashville, with graveside services to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Hendersonville Memory Gardens. Masks are required.

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