TSGT (RET) Edward Robert Paulin, Sr. of Westville, (New Hope Community) passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. He was 79. Robert was born Dec. 28, 1934 in Renick, W.V., to the late Vincent and Luella Blankenship Paulin. He, along with his family, lived on Butler's Mountain in West Virginia until the age of 16 at which time he joined the U.S. Army
. After his two year term with the Army he reenlisted with the U.S. Air Force
and later retired with more than 20 years of service. During his military career he completed tours in Germany, Korea, Turkey and the Philippines. Even though he called himself a West Virginia "hillbilly" he loved Holmes County and that is where he called home. For a number of years he worked with PAEC in Chipley and later retired as a fire and safety inspector working with the Florida State Fire Marshalls office inspecting schools for 15 different districts. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on small engines, but most of all spending time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents four brothers, Alex, Jim, Bartley, and Lewis along with his mother and father-in-law, L.D. and Gardis Barnes Crews, whom he loved like his own parents, brother and sisters-in-law, Joe Ketchem, Marie Hewett, Evelyn Crews, and Marie Paulin all preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Frances Crews Paulin, Westville; son, Edward R. "Bobby" Paulin, Jr. and wife Vicki; daughter, Kim Griffin and husband Derryl, all of Bonifay; three grandchildren, Justin Paulin, Megan and Kaylin Griffin; two sisters, Frances Musselman (Larry), Renick, W.V. and Lucy Paulin, Pittsburg, Pa.; special cousin, Corrine Grizzell (Joe), Lewisburg, W.V.; sister-in-law, Gladys Paulin, Renick, W.V.; several nieces and nephews; his extended Crews family siblings, Christine C. Ketchem, Hulon, Clifton (Judy), Tommy (Linda) and two that were like his own children, Sherel and Rick; brother-in-law, Larry Hewett (Deana); special family friend, Jasmine Flock and other extended family and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in the chapel of Sorrells Funeral Home in Geneva with the Rev. Jerry Moore and the Rev. Jerry McAdams officiating. His brother-in-law Larry Hewett will deliver the eulogy. Burial with military honors followed in the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery with Sorrells Funeral Home and Crematory of Geneva directing. The family received friends at the funeral home Saturday, Jan. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m., Sorrells Funeral Home of Geneva, 334-684-9999, is in charge of arrangements. Express your condolences in our guest book at www.sorrellsfuneralhomes.com