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Paul Jarnagin

Services will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday at Union City Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery. The Revs. Drew Hayes and Doy Daniels will officiate.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the 51 Couples Sunday School Class at Union City Cumberland Presbyterian Church, of which he was a member.
Visitation will be held at Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home 5-8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. until the hour of services Sunday at the church.
He was born Jan. 23, 1925, in McNairy County, son of the late Luther and Timey (Wright) Jarnagin. Paul served in the U.S. Army from 1946 until 1947 in Japan. After serving in the army, he returned to McNairy County and then moved to Union City in May of 1947. He began barbering on “Punkin Island” in Union City and did so for 67 years, making him one of the longest active barbers in the state’s history. In 2009, he received the Messenger’s Readers Choice Award for Best Barber. Cutting hair almost up until the day he passed away, barbering was not just a job to Paul, it was his life’s calling. Paul had a servant’s heart, and used barbering to encourage, minister to and love those who sat in his chair every day, as well as those whose hair he cut in their own homes because they were not well enough to come to him. He was known by his customers as “Mr. Paul” and considered all of them to be his extended family. On April 29, 1951, he was married to the love of his life, the former Martha Sue Gardner. Even until the day he died, she was his first priority in life, which made their marriage a beautiful example of Christ’s love for the Church.
Paul was a humble-hearted leader in his church and community. He was a member of Union City Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and as a member of the choir for many years. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Knights Templar.
Paul was a loving brother, husband, father and grandfather and is survived by two of six siblings and the spouse of one, Sue Halbert and Charles and Jo Jarnagin; three of four children and their spouses, Paula Jarnagin, Barry and Patty Jarnagin and Donnie and Melanye Jarnagin; nine grandchildren, Brooke, Lyndsay, Jesse, Jedediah, Jonas, Joel, Sara, Hallie and B.J.; and two great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by four siblings, Raiford, Josh, Hoyt and Annie; and his child, Phillip Allen Jarnagin.
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