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Paul Edward Exum

February 15, 1931 ~ November 9, 2021 (age 90)

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Paul Edward Exum, 90, of Paragould, passed away on November 9, 2021, in Jonesboro, AR. He was born February 15, 1931, to George and Ersa Exum.  Paul was a faithful servant of God. His second, much-beloved family was Unity Baptist Church where he had been a member since 1949 and a deacon since 1959 and he loved the people there dearly. He was a veteran having served his country in the Air Force. He was retired from Peerless Corporation and he owned Fairview Wood Products at which he still worked. Some of the things he enjoyed most were building custom wood rockers for new babies of family and friends, growing a big garden to share with others, hunting and fishing with his family and friends, and of course the fish fries at church. He always saw the best in others, was generous and loving to all he met, and changed this world for the better. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nella Exum; parents; and brothers, Forrest Exum, Truman Exum, and Marvin Exum; sisters, Merlene Osborne, and Georgia Mae Adams.

Survivors include his sons and daughters in law, Ronnie and Sheresa Exum, Bryan and Robin Exum; brothers, Lynn Exum, David Exum, and Calvin Exum; sisters, Maxine Beeler, Maggie Smith, and Joyce Cunningham; grandchildren, Barkley (Whitney) Exum, Spencer (Linsie) Exum, and Grayson Exum; great-grandchildren, Kennley, JonPaul, Zach, Hudson, Smith, and Walden; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Sunday, November 14, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Unity Baptist Church. The funeral service under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home will begin at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 15, at Unity Baptist Church with Terry Songer and Chad Robinson officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Greene County Memorial Gardens.

Barkley Exum, Spencer Exum, Grayson Exum, JonPaul Exum, Michael Exum, Derek Exum, and Nathan Smith will serve as pallbearers. Zach Glass, Peyton Williams, and the men of Unity Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.


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November 14, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Unity Baptist Church
303 West Unity Road
Paragould, AR 72450

Funeral Service
November 15, 2021

2:00 PM
Unity Baptist Church
303 West Unity Road
Paragould, AR 72450

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