SHELBY- Paul E. Peeler, 82, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2011.
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A native of Cleveland County, Mr. Peeler retired from Firestone Mill and served in the U. S. Army. He was a member of Westwood Heights Baptist Church.
Paul had a very special passion for fresh water fishing and was one of the greatest fishermen of Cleveland County, winning numerous contests throughout his life. Paul also was an avid gardener and received great pleasure each year by generously supplying family, friends and those in need produce from his perfect garden.
Paul truly enjoyed sharing conversations, stories and jokes with everyone. He was a man who never met a stranger and it always made him happy to get a smile and laugh out of someone. He loved people and touched many lives.
Mostly Paul loved his family and he loved his church. He was a true patriarch and freely gave of himself and his time to care for others and their needs. He was faithful not only to his family and friends but to his church with his consistent faith and dedication. His spirit will always live inside of us.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady Lee Peeler and Novella Brown Peeler; loving wife of 58 years, Maxine Bridges Peeler; beloved son, Paul E. Peeler Jr.; brother, Kenneth E. Peeler; sisters, Frances Peeler Ward, Nadine Peeler and Shirley Peeler.
He is survived his sisters, Brenda K. Flack of Shelby, Norma Hamrick of Shelby and Carolyn Topper of Cherryville; brother, Grady Peeler Jr. of Raeford; mother-in-law, Mittie Bridges of Shelby; nieces and nephews, Jennifer G. Flack, Chanley M. Jackson, Mark K. Flack, Chris Truett, Denise Beheler, Kiley Topper, Brian Topper, Todd Peeler, Beverly Peeler, Bubba Neighbors, Greg Topper and Ronnie Peeler. Special friends, Keith Morrison and Prue Gantt along with numerous other friend s and beloved pets, Peanut and Jackie
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday at Cleveland Funeral Services & Crematory, The body will lie in state from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday
Funeral Service: Sunday, 3 p.m., Westwood Heights Baptist Church
Officiated By: The Rev. David Costner
Burial: Sunset Cemetery
Funeral Home: Cleveland Funeral Services & Crematory
Memorials: Westwood Heights Baptist Church, 650 Dellinger Rd., Shelby, NC 28152 or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150
Online Condolences: www.clevelandfuneralservice.com
Published in Shelby Star from June 11 to June 12, 2011