“Sad is the parting, no one can tell: So sudden on earth the sorrow fell,
The blow was hard, the shock severe; To part with one we love so dear.
Dearer still, as days depart; Our loved one’s memory will forever live within our hearts!”
On December 29, 1961, God favored and blessed Dennis “Jack” and Dora Mae Arrington, with another son and new addition to the Arrington family; Terry Teray Arrington, affectionately known as “Knight Rider”. who was born and reared in Jackson, North Carolina.
At an early age, Terry confessed his faith in Christ and was baptized and became a disciple of Christ at Branches Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Learning early here the Christian values of Faith, Hope and Love. He exemplified this in everything that he did and how he treated family and friends. Growing up and working with his siblings and parents on the Arrington Farm Terry learned to appreciate family and hard work which would lead to him working as a bus driver while attending and graduating from the Northampton School Systems.
Terry was a loving and devoted husband and would marry Patrinia Arrington on November 9, 2010. He was also a loving father, grandfather, son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend to all that knew him. He was also probably one of the biggest Washington Redskins fans in the area. Terry would work briefly for Perdue Farms, prior to becoming a Correctional Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety at the Caledonia Correctional location. This would be his lifelong career until retirement. He was a trusted Officer and was dedicated to his craft . It was here that he would also meet other lifelong friends and colleagues. Outside of work Terry could always be found with family, entertaining, helping with farm needs, watching the Redskins Beat the Cowboys, dancing and singing, and the list can go on. Moreover, Terry was a jewel to this community and could be found always helping and lending a hand to others. He taught many life lessons to not only his children but to his nieces and nephews, and so many others.
Terry departed this life suddenly on Monday, May 2, 2022, at his home in Jackson, NC. He is now reunited with his mother, Dora Mae, siblings Thomas, Timothy and Alberta, and his grandson, Deonte Harrell.
Terry Teray “Knight Rider” will surely be missed in this life, but his memory and legacy will live on through those left behind: his wife, Patrinia; children, Chinita Harrell (Donald) of Robersonville NC, Xavier E. Arrington (Andrea) of Scotland Neck, NC, Ty’recus Arrington (Justine), Ashley (Jherin), Cory, Montez (Brandi), LaPorsha Hale all of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Tamara, Ja’Zeon, Ja’Zarye, Ja’Zayva, Ja’Zayvn, Angel, Aking, Za’Niya, Chance and Chase; father, Dennis R. Arrington, Jr. of Jackson, NC; siblings, Dora J. Wilkins, Larry Arrington, Julia L. Arrington, Margie Lucas (Frankie), Anthony Arrington, Sr. and Jeffrey Arrington all of Jackson, NC, Darlean Mason (Elliott) of Murfreesboro, NC and Donald Hardy of Newark, NJ; three uncles, James Smith (Eunice), Thomas Arrington and Benjamin Cumbo (Emily); aunts, Genora James and Bettie Bethea; one great-aunt, Hilda Cotton; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Terry also leaves cherished memories with: his godchildren, Delvonte Bottoms, X’zavier Bell and Shannon Whitaker; extended family that would become siblings-at-heart, Robert Lee Wilkins, Jr., Rev. Richard and Rev. Mary Powell, Sr., Paula F. Arrington, Virginia Coleman, Brenda Stokley, Sheila Eason, Anthony Leffridge, Mary Dickens and Tracy Arrington.
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