"A Man of Encouragement to his loving family"
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"A Man of Enlightenment to countless generations of students"
"A Man of Empowerment to his church family"
"A Man of Elegance and Endearment to everyone"
God in His infinite and divine wisdom has seen fit to summon His beloved and faithful servant, Deacon Paul Lawrence Quarrels, having reached the blessed age of 92 years old, from an Earthly life of labor and love, to an eternal life in Heaven on Monday, July 28, 2014, at approximately 9:36 p.m., at his humble residence of 1102 Arlington Road, Hopewell, Va.
The magnificent life's journey of Deacon Quarrels began on Feb. 26, 1922, in Bedford County, Va., which is located at the eastern base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the southwest central part of Virginia. He was a precious gift from God and the first born offspring to his late parents, Mary Elizabeth Quarrels, who was blessed by God to reach the age of 108 years old, and William Quarrels, who was blessed to reach the age of 74. Deacon Quarrels was greeted in Heaven with "welcomed arms" by his deceased brother, Stewart Henry Quarrels, his deceased sister, Juliette, and most of all the love of his life, his beloved wife of 53 years, the late Mary Henson Quarrels.
Deacon Quarrels' educational zest for knowledge began in the Bedford County Public Schools System at the Bedford County Training School. He successfully completed his elementary and secondary education, and was a member of the graduating Class of 1943. Upon his high school completion, Deacon Quarrels was drafted into the United States Army, where he faithfully served his country for three years in the European and South Pacific theatres of operation during World War II. He was awarded an honorable discharge in 1946.
Under the tender guidance of his dear mother, and her nurturing desire for her children to secure a good, sound education, Deacon Quarrels utilized his GI Bill of education and enrolled at the famous Tuskegee Institute (University) in 1946. He earned a bachelor of science degree in vocational education in 1950. Deacon Quarrels soon began a lifelong journey of educating and nurturing students as a skillful teacher at the Knoxville School of Tailoring during the summer of 1950. He then returned to his beloved Bedford County, Va., where he was employed as an elementary school teacher.
Deacon Quarrels developed a deep desire to further his educational pursuits as he joined his two sisters, Bettie Ruth and Helen, by enrolling at the New York University in New York, N.Y. He earned a master of education degree in 1956. Deacon Quarrels was a dedicated and influential educator with the Hopewell City Public School System for many years and later transferred to the Prince George County Public School System in 1962. Deacon Quarrels rendered over 20 years of faithful, dedicated service, having attained the position of principal at North Elementary School. After devoting over 34 years to the field of education, Deacon Quarrels began a well-deserved life of retirement in 1984.
Deacon Quarrels' commitment to God and his service to His kingdom building here on Earth was demonstrated as a faithful, devoted and active member of Friendship Baptist Church in Hopewell, Va. He served as vice chairman of the Diaconate Ministry for 45 years, the Ministry of Caring for 30 years, a Sunday School teacher for 25 years, and a member of the Larry Kennedy Men's Ministry for 38 years. Deacon Quarrels' civic and professional affiliation to mankind was rendered as a member of the Shiloh Lodge #33 of Free and Accepted Masons, the Hopewell Retired Teachers Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals. He had the distinct honor of serving as a delegate to the National Education Convention.
Deacon Quarrels will be remembered as a humble man of impeccable sincerity, humility, abounding generosity and profound wisdom. He was regarded as a loving mentor, as he touched the lives of countless students, parents, neighbors and friends. We give Thanks to God for blessing our lives with a kind and incredible man of small stature, yet blessed with a big heart!
The life, love and legacy of Deacon Quarrels will be forever perpetuated by his two loving sisters, Bettie Ruth Quarrels of New York, N.Y., and Helen Quarrels Hardy of Bayville, N.J.; two loving nieces, Joyce Ann Moore of Plainville, N.J., and Ann T. Crawford of Prince George County, Va.; a loving nephew, Larry Hardy of Latham, N.Y.; two great-nieces, Eileen Tracy Moore of Egg Harbor City, N.J., and Tricia Crawford-Bell (Reginald Sr.) of Prince George County, Va.; great-great-niece and nephew, Reginald Bell Jr. and Reaghan Bell of Prince George County, Va.; a goddaughter, Wanda Martin of Hopewell, Va.; many dear neighbors, colleagues, former students and friends.
A celebration of Deacon Quarrels' life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at Friendship Baptist Church, 1305 Arlington Road, Hopewell, Va. Interment to follow at the Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery.
Wake services will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at the Friendship Baptist Church.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Quarrels at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from July 31 to Aug. 1, 2014