Funeral services for Jasper Paul Byerly, who passed away October 8, will be Friday, October 12, at 11:00 a.m., at North End Baptist Church of Beaumont, TX. A gathering of friends and family will be Thursday, October 11, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home. Graveside services will take place Saturday, October 13, at 11:00 a.m., at Waldrop Cemetery, Panola County, TX. Born August 2, 1920, in Beaumont, to Purdee Ebner and Opal Agatha Haley Byerly, Paul was the oldest of four sons. He served with the Army Air Corps in World War II. He married Patsy Ruth Woods, of Beckville, TX on September 19, 1949. Mr. Byerly was a faithful member of North End Baptist Church for over 63 years. After retiring from Mobil Oil Refinery in 1980, he devoted his time and efforts to the Texas Baptist Men Building Churches to the Glory of God for many years, helping to build over 100 churches. Preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Jack Robert, Marvin Gilbert, and John Franklin Byerly; Paul is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patsy of Beaumont; his three children, Janice (Dale) Polk of Leander, TX, Donna (Michael) Dreis, of Gaithersburg, MD, and James Byerly of Beaumont; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Jonathan Polk (Sarah Emerson); Catherine (Patrick) Jones and son, Finnegan; Elizabeth (Stuart) Jones; Joshua (Talita) Dreis and son, Lucas; and Phillip Dreis (Amanda Straubb). In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Texas Baptist Men, 5351 Catron, Dallas, 75227 or North End Baptist Church of Beaumont, 5115 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, 77706.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Oct. 11, 2012