Mr. James Paul Garner, 92, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. 


Paul was born May, 6 1929 in Moore County to Jonah E. and Laura Brown Garner. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters: Geneva Lemonds, Mary Dunlap, Louise Cole, Faye Stephenson, Ann Early; brother: Joe Garner; and daughter-in-law: Angel Garner. 


He is survived by his wife of 66 years: Betty Moore Garner; daughters: Paula Lineberry and husband Carl, Patsy Chriscoe and husband Mike; sons: Keith Garner, Mark Garner, Nathan Garner; sister-in-law: Loretta Garner;  nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends. 


Paul was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved the Lord and would be the first to tell you he was a Blessed man. He was a member of Robbins First Wesleyan Church, where he served as Sunday School Superintendent and taught men’s Bible Class for many years. He loved the outdoors, riding horses, hunting, fishing, and gardening.  He enjoyed sharing these activities and teaching others about them as well. Paul retired from Randolph Telephone Membership Corporation after 20 years of service.


Funeral service will be 2:30 PM, Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Robbins First Wesleyan Church, with Reverend Cameron Dockery and Reverend Barry Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Needhams Grove Baptist Church.


The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM, Friday, May 21, 2021 at Kennedy Funeral Home and at other times at the home.


Memorial may be made to FirstHealth Hospice, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.


Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Garner family.


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  1. Prayers for his family!! He was always friendly and nice each time we saw him!!

    Paul and Linda Horner

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. This family means so much to me. He was always so kind to me every where I would see him. He was loved by everyone that knew him. You are are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all.

  3. I am so sorry to learn of Paul’s passing! I always enjoyed seeing and talking with Paul and Betty, such a fine loving couple and example for all to follow! My deepest Sympathy for all his family!

  4. A real Warrior in life and death. Loved by all. He loved his God and Family. Prayers and God’s peace to the Family and Friends. In Christ Love, Pastors Larry & Linda Sue May, Bethel COG.

  5. So sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of spending time at Paul and Betty’s. Playing softball in the cow pasture and learning to ride horses. I always felt like a member of the family. Your family will be in my prayers.

  6. I have a lot of good memories of times spent with Paul, Betty and family, praying for God to comfort you as only He can,

  7. Paul was a great Man , kind, respectful honest sweet Man
    Heaven is sweeter with him there but I know he leaves a empty place that no one can fill in that family .only way you get through this is keep remembering one day you will see him again in Heaven !
    Love you all
    Prayers for the family

  8. We are sending our thoughts and prayers for the family during this sad time of loss. Paul was an inspiration to me and my family for so many years. He was a big part of my childhood growing up riding horses. Paul, and my Daddy were very good friends. Terry and I are so saddened for the loss, but know that we will see him again walking the streets of gold. Betty, please know that we appreciate you, and love you, and your family. If you need anything please give us a call.
    Blessings, Prayers, and Much Love,
    Terry and Amanda Davis

  9. Please know as you celebrate a life well lived that Paul meant a great deal to so many and we share your loss. Our thoughts are with this wonderful family and we appreciate all of you.

  10. Sending my love and prayers to all the family. Paula I am truly sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through, hang on to all your beautiful memories they are so precious. I love you bunches 💕💕💕

  11. To all of the family, but especially to Carl, Paula, Carla and Justin, we are so sorry for your loss, but rejoicing with you that he is happy, whole and safe. What a wonderful man he was!!! We live all of you

  12. What a special man to so many. But what a comfort In knowing he is in a young body and walking or (riding Shorty) thru the streets of gold.
    2nd Corinthians 5:8
    We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
    What Comfort!
    Love and prayers. Deborah Chalflinch

  13. So Sorry for the family’s loss. Enjoyed my childhood with the family riding horses and the privilege to know Mr. Paul. My thought and prayers are with each of you.

  14. Mrs. Garner, Paula, Patsy, Keith, Mark, Nathan and family,
    Kim and I are grieved for you all in your loss of Mr. Garner. One of the most generous, loving and compassionate men we have known. A faithful friend to all especially my Daddy. We are praying for you all. May God bless you in your grief now and in the days to come. We love you. Bruce and Kim Williams

  15. With Sympathy and Prayers 🙏 for all the family. So sorry for your loss. “As long as we live and remember, our loved ones live on within our hearts.” Matthew 5:4

  16. I grew up in the First Wesleyan Church, where Paul and his family attended. He was a great man, with a genuine love for God. I am so sorry to the family for your loss. I hope you find comfort knowing Paul is now rejoicing in Heaven.

    Kendra English

  17. I worked with Paul years ago at Walmart. He was the nicest hardworking man. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.

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