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Originally published: 2013-08-13 14:31:19
Last modified: 2013-08-13 14:32:02

John Paul Edmisten

Mr. John Paul Edmisten, 81 of Concord, passed away Sunday afternoon, Aug. 11, 2013, at home. Born Sept. 10, 1931, in Watauga County, he was a son of the late Walter F. and Nell Hollars Edmisten.

Paul was a graduate Appalachian State University, a POW in the Korean War while serving with the U.S. Air Force and retired from Phillip Morris as an industrial engineer. Paul loved being outdoors where he could hunt deer, fish off shore and raise miniature donkeys.

He is survived by his wife, Alice McIntyre Edmisten; five children, Lori Pressley and husband, Mark, of Winder, Ga., John Paul Edmisten, Jr., and wife, Judy, of Sevierville, Tenn., Walter Edmisten and Bryan Edmisten both of Boone, and Michael Edmisten and wife, Jennifer, of Bahama; four grandchildren, Jacob Burleson, Eli Burleson and wife, Amy, Sage Edmisten, Addison Edmisten; one great grandchild, Isabella Burleson; one sister, Betty Church of Boone; three brothers, Joe Edmisten and wife, Patricia, of Pensacola, Fla., Baker Edmisten and wife, Diane, of Boone, and Rufus Edmisten and wife, Linda, of Raleigh; sister-in-law, Deanie Edmisten Pugh and a host of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, David Edmisten.

Funeral services for Mr. John Paul Edmisten will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends prior to the service Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Medi Home Hospice, PO Box 1357, Newland, NC 28657.

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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Edmisten family.