David Edward Paramore

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May 17, 1926 - December 2, 2017
KINSTON – David Edward Paramore went home to be with his Savior and Lord on Saturday morning, December 2, 2017. He was born May 17, 1926 in Grimesland, NC, to Matthew David Paramore and Bethenia Evans Paramore. Funeral services will be held at Bethel FWB Church, 1936 Banks School Road, Kinston, NC, at 11am on Wednesday. Burial will follow in Pinelawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. From his teen years through his early twenties, he was a professional mandolin and guitar player, and performed regularly on a radio show out of Washington, NC. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II, and received an honorable discharge in 1945. In 1947, he married Margie Reel of Grimesland. He soon left the music business and under the GI Bill took courses related to dry cleaning. He began his dry cleaning career at Leggett's Cleaners in Washington, NC, later moved to College View Cleaners in Greenville, NC, and in the late 1950s became manager of Carolina Cleaners in Kinston, NC. He remained in this business until the mid-1970s, eventually owning several of his own dry cleaners in Kinston, NC, and one in Jacksonville, NC. In 1951 at an Oliver Greene tent revival meeting in Greenville, NC, the most important event of his life took place; he and his wife Margie became born again! They both received the Lord Jesus Christ into their hearts and lives as their Lord and Savior. Not only did this decision change their eternal destiny, but it also shaped the remainder of their blessed lives here on earth. Soon he began speaking at "cottage prayer meetings." In 1958, he accepted the call to the gospel ministry and for years served as a bi-vocational pastor. He helped start Mt. Calvary FWB Church in Hookerton, NC, in 1958, where he pastored for three years. In 1962, he preached his first sermon as pastor of Bethel FWB Church in Kinston, NC. As the attendance grew, he led the church through two relocations and through the main building programs for the church's present campus at 1936 Banks School Road. In 1971, he helped found Bethel Christian Academy. In 1975, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bob Jones University. He retired as pastor of Bethel in 1990. After retirement, he served as director of Senior Saints at Bethel, and he was a short-term interim pastor for several churches in the area. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Marie Paramore. He is survived by his sons, Mike Paramore and wife Joan, of Raleigh, NC and Dwight Paramore and wife Laurie, of Greenville, SC; and daughter, Margo Rivero and husband Manny, of La Grange, NC. His survivors also include grandchildren, Christin Fingleton and husband Jackie, Michael Paramore and wife Jennifer, David Paramore, Luke Paramore and wife Alia, Joseph Paramore and wife Kimberly, Manny Rivero and Conor Rivero. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Bethel Christian Academy, 1936 Banks School Road, Kinston, NC 28504. Online condolences may be expressed at edwardsfhc.com. Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home & Cremations. Sign the guest book at kinston.com
Published in Free Press on Dec. 5, 2017
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