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Gary Lee Arrington

December 6, 1968 - January 26, 2021

Gary Lee Arrington, age 52, of Bear, DE, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

Born in Woodbridge, VA on December 6, 1968, he was a son of Douglas and Nancy (Clinedinst) Arrington. Gary made his career in behavioral health as a health technician. He volunteered for many years as an assistant to children with special needs, and spent his free time fishing and bowling. He was goofy in all of the right ways, and used his sense of humor to uplift those around him. Gary will always be remembered as a very giving and selfless individual.

In addition to his parents, Gary is survived by his sons, Robert Arrington and Nathan Arrington; siblings, Dale Arrington (Mary) and Sandra Dickson; nephews, Brian Arrington (Kelly), T.J. Dickson (Jon) and Jeremy Dickson (April); niece, Amy Wiseinbuger (Bill); fiancé, Paula Barnes; and many longtime close friends.

All services will he held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gary’s memory to Special Olympics Virginia, 3212 North Skipwith Road, Suite 100, Richmond, VA 23294.


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61 Condolences for Gary Lee Arrington

  • I will always love you

  • To My kind hearted little brother, I miss you so much already. I’m soo very heartbroken. We had so many plans together. It does not seem possible that you are gone. I just want to wake up from this horrible nightmare. I know you are in a much better place. Until we meet again brother. I love you bunches little brother AKA LEECHY NUT. Love your “much older sister” Sandra AKA sasser.

  • Sandra,
    Please know you and your family are in my prayers. Sending you love and hugs from Georgia.

    Renee Callahan

  • I’ll never forget the good times out on the golf course.

  • Prayers to the entire family.

  • I am so very sorry to hear this. He touched the lives of many. If you ever feel he is not around, you need only touch your heart and know he is right there with you. May the Angels Wings hold and comfort ALL who knew him.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Gary’s family and friends.

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of such a fine man. I’m proud to call cousin. One of my fondest memories of Gary and I were when we were children we made a step stool to go inside uncle Doug’s shed. We worked on it all day long, hammer nails, found old wood out in the woods. We thought it was the best steps. We put much thought into it. Then finally uncle Doug came home. We showed him what we made. We were so proud of it. We both stood on the side and said, now look you can go inside the shed and you don’t have to take such a big step (it wasn’t a big step for him anyway) well he knew it wasn’t going to withstand his weight and as soon as he stepped on it the whole thing broke. You should’ve seen Gary and my face. WOW that was a sight. I’m gonna miss you cousin Gary. I love you. Rest In Peace. Give my love to Mammaw and PapPap ❤️🙏
    Susie Sallinger

  • Prayers to the family! Gary was such a good hearted person. Gary helped me carry many guitars & speakers in & out of venues. You will definitely be missed!!

  • Rest well my friend. We miss you much at MWHC/Snowden. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • My heart is very sadden to hear of your loss. You are diffently a precious soul. You will be missed . My memories of you will forever be in my heart . Until we met again …. fly high handsome ❤

  • We will always remember all the good times we had with Gary, going camping, bowling, softball and so many other things. He will be missed so much.
    We were looking forward to him moving to Myrtle Beach.
    We are praying for the family.

  • Gary, you will be missed. Love you!

  • Thank you for loving my daughter Paula and her children Ethan and Victoria. Gone too soon.

  • Gary,
    Till we meet again! You where a one of a kind guy. Always uplifting people’s spirit and always bring joy to those around you. Working with you the 2 1/2 years was a pleasure. I just wish it wasn’t true that you left us so soon. REST EASY BIG GUY.

  • My heart is very sad today to hear about Gary. I loved working with him at Snowden. He was so good to staff and patients. He was a caring and thoughtful man and will be greatly missed.

  • Gary you will be missed , you were a good friend and coworker, will always remember how we used to use peoples names to make new names for people joking around, and how we always called you “SHREK” …see you on the other side brother!!!

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Gary’s family. He was a genuine guy, always looked out for me in high school. I only have fond memories of Gary and especially when he won the truck show! He was so proud! Loved that truck!!💞

  • Dale and family, my sincere sympathy in the passing of your brother Gary. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. May God comfort you and bring you peace.

  • Gary was a family friend for a long time, he was a great man and always fun to be around. He will truly be missed. Thoughts and prayers go out from the Thorpe family to his.

  • My daughter amber talked about you often. She enjoyed knowing you. She is heartbroken just like others. My prayers go out to all that knew him. I pray God helps you through this.😔💔💔😢🧡🧡

  • Gary,
    You always said never say goodbye. It was too permanent. Instead day I’ll see you later. This is not goodbye my life time friend. I’ll see you later! Love and prayers – Kelly

  • Sorry to see you go so soon brother. R.I.P.

  • Gary is already so missed at Rockford by those of us who had the privilege of having him as a coworker and more importantly, a friend. His snarky sense of humor, blunt honesty, and huge heart will never be forgotten.

  • Rest peacefully my friend.

  • My deepest condolences to the family of Gary. Gary was my co-worker at RFC. Night shift will never be the same. Gary always has a great sense of humor and also something sweet in his bag to give some one. Yes indeed, Gary was very kind. May his sweet soul rest in perfect peace😭😭😭🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

  • So sorry for your loss. Gary will always be fondly remembered.

  • Gone way to soon Gary
    U will be missed by All until we meet again RIP

  • I am so sorry for his loss, I am so glad I got to meet gary, he was a funny guy, may he rest easy.
    My deepest condolences goes out to his family.

  • I worked with Gary for three years. He was a great friend and coworker. It didn’t matter how bad a day you were having spending a few minutes with Gary would make you feel better. He will be greatly missed.

  • So very sorry for your loss!
    Prayers going out to family and friends!
    May God comfort you in this time of need.

  • Gary
    I was so sad when I heard the news.
    All my childhood memories have you in them. You, Maryjane and I had so many fun adventures. I love you and will miss you.
    Give mammaw and pap pap hug for me! ❤️

  • Sending prayers for all of the family, Gary would give the shirt off his back for anyone he had a big heart for people. RIP brother!

  • Gary was a good man and will be missed. Alive in Heaven!!!

  • You left this world way to soon. You will be missed. RIP💕

  • It’s taken me a while to write this B. I miss you, that’s it. It’s so unfair. Although you were my Uncle, you were my best friend. I have so many fond memories of us together. I even went on the dates you had with you, ha. I didn’t mind being the third wheel at the time though, you never made me feel that way. Thanks for always being there, making me laugh and loving me the way you did. No one can ever take your place in my heart. ♥️ 🤍💙

  • Hugs and prayers to all. So sad to young.Good memories RIP Gary

  • Sandra,please know that I am praying for you and your family. I’m sorry that i never had the pleasure of meeting your brother.
    I’m sure I missed out on a wonderful human being. May he rest in heavenly peace.

  • I am so sorry for your loss and I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family

  • To the Arrington Family my thought and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  • I still can’t believe you are gone when we where growing up we did some stupid stuff I remember when Bonnie Johnny Brenda me and you used to hang out a lot I wish we could go back to those days when it wasn’t so crazy and it was fun I will definitely miss you Hopefully one day I can sit down with your mom and dad and your brother and sister and cousins and we can talk about some good memories we had in my heart forever ❤️ I love you Nancy Doug Dale and Sandra my heart is with you

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Gary was an amazing man, friend, coworker. He inspired many people he came across and brought so many smiles. He will be so truly missed.

  • Sending my deepest condolences.

  • Our deepest sympathy for your family. Gary was a wonderful young man, always full of laughter and energy. We will never forget him.

  • Gary, my family, and I have only. Still, great memories that our families have shared to name a few, playing kickballs in the front yard, having grandma Nancy run the bases, laughing my butt off, having countless neighborhood block parties, and showing me how to play the corn hole game for the first time.
    My friend was ridiculously happy in life, so let us celebrate that life rather than weep over death Rest In Peace, Gary the Huff family, will raise a toast in your honor.

  • My family will miss you Gary. You have touched all of us with your humor and your kindness. I wish you could have stayed in this world longer.

  • You will always be my uncle love you and miss you uncle Gary

  • Gary, you were taken way too soon. You were always smiling, willing to help and bringing in goodies for the staff at Snowden. I will forever be thankful you worked Christmas for me, so I could be with my kids. You would give the shirt off your back to others and were protective of your coworkers. Listening to you talk about your mom, there was always a sparkle in your eye. It was easy to tell how much family meant to you. You were a kind and caring soul and will be greatly missed. RIP my friend

  • Gary was always a happy-go-lucky guy with such a nice outlook on life. We will all miss him. With love, Becky

  • So sorry for your loss no words could ease your pain at this time. Sending Prayers and condolences 💐 🙏🙏

  • This is my second message:
    I’m Gary’s cousin on his dads side.
    Another childhood story.
    We grew up with apple trees in our backyard and our grandfather PapPap had a shed right next to the apple trees
    we had a great idea one day to play a joke on Pap Pap
    he had a vent hole in the shed so Gary me and my sisters picked up apples We must have put 100’s of apples through the hole into his shed so when he came in their the next morning and opened up his door
    he would have a 1000 apples in his shed all over the floor. We laughed the whole time we were putting them in the hole.
    Oh it was funny for all about 1 minute when we got found out.
    Boy did we get into trouble. I can’t remember if Gary got a spanking but we had to pick up every apple in that shed. Wow we didn’t mess with Pap Pap ever again… lol
    Good times and memories
    Love always
    Cousin Susie ❤️🙏

  • Prayers for my Woodbridge friend and your family.

  • Will miss u and making your favorite banana pudding

  • Rest well Big guy!

  • I met Gary in 7th grade. Months later, we learned we were cousins.
    We became inseparable. Jason was also with us often and his mom
    called us Larry, Daryl and Daryl.

    Some of my favorite memories are:
    Hanging out at DeRays Market
    Camping trips to Shenandoah Acres
    Skipping school and hanging out at Sasser’s house
    Playing on sports teams; football, basketball and baseball.
    Hunting and fishing.

    Just because we were not as close in recent years, doesn’t mean I won’t miss him. I miss our great times and wish we were able to have more.

  • Gary this has taking me a while to write this but I will try to do it now. I miss you so much it breaks mu heart that you are gone. I wish we could spend more time together but I know different life’s go in different directions but it doesn’t make it any easier. I miss you every day and I will till we meet again. Love you little Brother ❤️

  • You will be missed!

  • I am truly saddened to hear the news of Gary’s passing! Gary and I worked together at SAF and I know he will be missed greatly! I wish to offer my prayers and condolences to his family during this difficult time!

  • To Dale and Family,
    I never knew about Gary’s passing until yesterday. Gary was such a kind and respectful man. We shall all meet in heaven one day. Until then..

  • Hey Gray , i just wanted to say i miss you and i miss your jokes . I just wanted you to know that your missed nobody will ever take your place in my heart ❤️ Rest in paradise my friend i will see you again 🕊❤️And too the family I’m sorry for your lost , and i send my deepest condolences to you and your family ❤️🙏🏾 Keep your heads up