John Arnwine

John Barnet “J.B.” Arnwine – known as “PaPaw J.B.” to a host of children — passed away on Tuesday morning, Oct. 17, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on April 2, 1940. He was a resident of McMinn County most of his life. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from the textile industry. He was actively involved in the Calhoun Community, serving as city commissioner, three-term mayor, volunteer firefighter, member of the Calhoun-Charleston Utility District Board of Commissioners and was active in the Calhoun Youth Sports Programs. He was a member of Calhoun First Baptist Church for over 40 years, where he served on numerous committees.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emerson Dake “Dee” and Sadie Mae Arnwine; and sister, Youble Carroll and her husband, Earl.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 51 years, Jewell Farmer Arnwine; one son, Keith Arnwine and his wife, Melanie; one daughter, Karen Reynolds and her husband, Doug; three granddaughters: Courtney Arnwine (Cyle Harris), Cheyenne Reynolds and Christen Harbison; two grandsons: Colton Reynolds and Caleb Arnwine (Christina); two great-grandsons: Jeremiah and Judah Arnwine:  two granddaughters by choice: Amy Jo Castor Billings and McKinley Grace Burns; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, church family members and a host of special friends.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Calhoun First Baptist Church located at 107 Church Street in Calhoun,  with the Rev. Kevin Cheatham and Caleb Arnwine officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church on Friday  from 4  until the 7 p.m. service time.

The interment and committal service will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Calhoun Cemetery, and will conclude with military honors. Gary Knight, Charlie Allen, Bill Eledge, Jeff Long, Michael Long, Jeff Moore, Eric Eledge and Brad Farmer will serve as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will include his nephews: J.R., Rusty and Steve Carroll; and the Adult Men’s Sunday School of First Baptist Church of Calhoun.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Calhoun First Baptist Church Building Fund in J.B.’s memory.

You are encouraged to share a memory of J.B. and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guestbook at

Companion Funeral Home of Athens is honored to assist the Arnwine family with his arrangements. 


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