Remembering Arleta

Remembering Arleta
Thursday, May 11, 2023
All of us at Knoxville Raceway and the Marion County Fair Association are happy to celebrate the life of our former office manager, Arleta Voyce. We express our condolences to her family, especially her daughters, Elaine, Teresa, Brenda and Vickie.

Arleta lived in Knoxville almost her entire life. She started working at Knoxville Raceway in the concession stands in 1966. In 1976 Arleta was hired as our office manager to do bookkeeping, handling of tickets and scoring on race nights. She essentially ran the racetrack operations behind the scenes (Cappy would agree) and served here for a total of 45 years.

If you called the office, stopped in the office, or received your Knoxville Nationals tickets in the mail, you were touched in some way by Arleta. She retired from full-time work in the office at the end of the 2010 season but continued to help on race nights with timing and scoring for several more seasons.

“Everyone knew who Arleta from Knoxville Raceway was,” said Tony Bokhoven. “If she met you once or spoke to you on the phone, she was your friend for life. And when she said she remembered you, she really did.”

Arleta was inducted into the Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame in 2011. After she retired, we always kept a parking spot open for her by the office or the elevator. Her impact and service here at Knoxville Raceway is immeasurable. We can all be thankful that Arleta kept the train on the rails throughout the years.

There will be a Visitation at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum on Friday, May 19 from 6pm-8pm and a funeral service on Saturday May 20 at 2pm at the Crossroads Gospel Church in Knoxville.