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PASCHAL, James The Celebration of Life and Legacy of Mr. James Vaughn Paschal will be held on Friday, December 5, 2008, 11:00 a.m., Martin Luther, King, Jr. International Chapel Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta. In state 9 AM. The Reverend Dr. Dwight D. Andrews, Senior Minister of First Congregational Church, U.C.C. in Atlanta, Officiating. The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, Eulogist. Entombment Westview Cemetery. James Vaughn Paschal was born in Thomson, GA on October 8, 1920 to the late Henry and Lizzie Paschal. James completed his primary and secondary education in the public schools of McDuffie County. At the ripe old age of thirteen, James constructed and opened his first business, a shoe shine stand with a goal to raise capital to finance a bigger business. James served in the United States Army from 1942-44, following his discharge he worked with the Pullman Company. After working there for two years, James (the Entrepreneur) and his brother, Robert (the Chef) formed a partnership to crystallize their dream and Paschal's Restaurant became a reality. James Paschal married the love of his life, Phyllis Johnson, and the two were married for 58 years until Phyllis' death in 2005. James and Phyllis were the proud parents of one son, Curtis. The history of the Paschal Brothers Enterprise is a remarkable story because the success was built upon two brothers working as a team. Paschal's Restaurant opened as a 30 seat luncheonette at 837 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (formerly known as Hunter Street) in 1947. In 1959, in response to the need for a larger and more comfortable facility, Paschal's opened a new location at 830 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. They became famous for their southern fried chicken and all who dined there were greeted by Paschal's wonderful hostess the late "Miss Ora Belle Sherman". In December of 1960, the La Carousel Lounge oopened and became Atlanta's Jazz Mecca for more than a decade. Celebrities such as Ramsey Lewis, Jimmy Smith, Joe Williams, Aretha Franklin, Ahmad Jamal to name a few, played at the La Carousel. Seven years later, in 1967 Paschal's Motor Hotel opened featuring one hundred twenty rooms, meeting rooms, additional dining spaces and a swimming pool. It became the place for wedding receptions, college reunions, parties, and Friday night dinner dates. Paschal's Restaurant and its subsidiaries provided employment for students as well as others in the Atlanta community. In addition to employment, James was a father figure to many. In the sixties, during the height of the civil rights movement the Paschal's Motor Hotel served as an important meeting place for key civil rights leaders and strategists, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr... During the student protests the Restaurant served protesters of all races who were contributing their bit to promote integration. Political leaders, community activists and Atlanta's Black Clergy frequented the restaurant. Approximately twenty ministers and lay persons met at Paschal Hotel Restaurant in 1982 and formed the Concerned Black Clergy. Former President Bill Clinton dined at the restaurant while on the campaign trail. At the time of his death he was President of Paschal's Concessions, Inc. and was in a joint venture relationship with Concessions International as Prime Concessionaires at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Mr. Paschal, through his work ethic, determination, vision, deliberate decisions, team work and support from his family, was able to realize his dream and was a successful entrepreneur. Mr. Paschal, affectionately known as "Mister James" by his employees, frequented the Northside Drive and Airport restaurants weekly until the time of his illness. There were numerous awards received during his lifetime. Notable awards include: The Lifetime Achievement Award in Business - by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; The Trailblazer Award given to the Paschal Brothers - by the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers; The Atlanta Business League Hall of Fame; The Atlanta Business League 50+ Years in Business Award. Mr. Paschal was a former member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Trust Bank and received an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Morris Brown College. He leaves to celebrate his life and legacy - a son, Curtis (Tonya) Paschal, a grandson, a sister, Mrs. Gussie Grant, a devoted sister-in-law, Ms. Marian Johnson, nieces - Beatrice Grant and Corliss Nordman, nephews - Kenneth Grant and James Grant, cousins: Roswell (Luell) Sutton, James Momon and Judy Momon Pierce, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many other family members and close friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the: , 1101 Northchase Parkway, Suite 1 Marietta, Georgia 30067. Viewing today 9 AM - 9 PM and Family Visitation this evening from 5-7 PM. The PHI BETA SIGMA Fraternity Inc. Omega Ceremony at 6:30PM. Murray Brothers Cascade Chapel, 1199 Utoy Springs Rd. SW (Corner of Cascade Rd. near I-285) 404-349-3000 MR. JAMES VAUGHN PASCHAL
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 2008
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