Malrie Ruthford Paul, age 82, of Westville, was called home to be with his Lord Friday, July 19, 2013 at 6:15 p.m. at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala. He was born May 17, 1931 in Westville, to the late John and Beedie Arrant Paul. He was Baptist by faith and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church of Holmes County. Malrie left home at a young age and went to Columbus, Ga., to stay with his sister and work at a textile factory, until he was drafted into the United States Army and served two years. He came back to Florida and worked at Martin's Tire Recapping in DeFuniak Springs until 1960. He then began working for the Department of Transportation of DeFuniak Springs until he retired in 1996. Malrie enjoyed his retirement where he raised cows, hogs, chickens, and turkeys. He also enjoyed planting his garden and working in the yard. He loved sitting on his front porch with his wife and children while watching his grandchildren play. You were always welcome to come and sit with him; he really enjoyed the company on his porch.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Thelma Paul-Stringfellow and two brothers, Buford (Buddy) Paul and Bryce Paul.
Malrie is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Edith Ann Gillman-Paul; four sons, Larry R. Paul (Cheryl) of Coffee Springs, Ala., David R. Paul (Paula) of the United States Army, George Daniel Paul (Catrina) of Westville, and the Rev. Samuel Dale Paul (Mary) of DeFuniak Springs; one daughter, Pamela Ann Paul-Brackin (Danny) of DeFuniak Springs; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer (Doug), Ryan, Nicole (Orlando), Justin, Benjamin, Danielle, Rebekah, and Calie; four great-grandchildren, Kacey, Dylan, Jonah, and Leila; four sisters, Mildred Brooks of Ponce de Leon, Muriel Collins of Tallahassee, Earlene Iaculla of Lake Forrest, Ill., and Christine Swinney and husband Tom of Goshen, Ky.; one brother, Melvin Paul and wife Carlene of Westville; sister-in-law, Sharon Paul of DeFuniak Springs and numerous nieces and nephews who were very special to him.
A time of visitation was held Thursday, July 25, 2013 in the chapel of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home, 1474 Highway 83 North, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services were held Friday, July 26, 2013 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Holmes County beginning at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Dale Paul, the Rev. Terry Smith, and the Rev. Ike Steverson officiating. Committal services will follow at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Army. Those serving at pallbearers were Ryan Paul, Doug Smith, Dylan Smith, Bobby Stringfellow, Sr., Gary Gillman, and Tim Gaff. Flowers are being accepted. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.daviswatkins.com.
Arrangements and services and under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home