Earl 'Pap' Paul, 87, of Pioneer, died Oct. 1 after a short illness.
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Known as 'Pap' to most of his family and friends, he was born May 16, 1926, in the Block community. Pap was a veteran of the U.S. Army and worked for many years as a drywall finisher in Tennessee and Florida.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Juanita Elkins Paul. They spent their retirement years doing what they loved: fishing, gardening, rescuing animals and spending time with their family.
Pap was a member of the New Canaan Baptist Church and enjoyed the services held there. For all that knew him, whether you called him Earl, Pap, Dad or Papaw, we will all miss his stories, which he told with such enthusiasm and kept his audience entertained and laughing.
Pap was also preceded in death by his parents Maynard and Hester Smith Paul; brother, Harry Paul and sisters, Marie Vitatoe and Zonia Copeland.
He is survived by his loving daughters, Connie Baker and husband Ed of Jacksboro and Pattie Thrasher of Pioneer; three grandchildren who loved spending their childhood summers in the 'hole' Ñ Becky Orick and husband, Kenny, of Caryville, Jackie Lemarr and husband, Tim, of Lake City and Jeremy Baker and wife, Miranda, of Jacksboro; six great-grandchildren: Taylor, Brady, Logan, Maddie, Abbie and Dolan; sister Betty Lawson of Oliver Springs.
The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to New Canaan Baptist Church P.O. Box 2 Pioneer, TN 37847.
Martin Wilson Funeral Home of LaFollette is in charge of these arrangements.
Published in LaFollette Press on Oct. 10, 2013