Jay W. Gardin, 88, of Marion, passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at his home following a period of declining health.

Jay was born in Marion Sept. 18, 1930, to the late Arthur W. Gardin and Vernie Biggerstaff Gardin. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Jay will be mostly remembered as the owner of the West Marion Barber Shop, but his love for the Martial Arts led him to found the Gardin School of Tae Kwon Do, where he was instrumental in passing on his expertise in the art. As much as he enjoyed his work, his love for his family was his driving force and he liked nothing better than the time he spent in the company of his loved ones. He was an avid gardener, and as a young man he liked to fish and hunt. He will be missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Gardin; and a sister, Lucille Gardin. Surviving are his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Ann Suttles Gardin; a daughter, Cathy Cornett of Marion; brother, Jerry Gardin and wife, Debbie, of Glenwood; two granddaughters, Summer Calloway and husband, Kelly and Jordan McMahan and husband, Justin; and two great-granddaughters, Kallie and Cora Calloway.

A graveside service will take place Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at 2 p.m., at McDowell Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at

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