Paul McCauley

State Road, North Carolina

Jul 26, 1922 – May 17, 2018


July 26, 1922
May 17, 2018
State Road, North Carolina


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STATE ROAD — The Rev. Paul H. McCauley, 95, of State Road, passed away May 17, 2018, at Hugh Chatham Hospital. Born in Fredonia, Pennsylvania, on July 26, 1922, to Frank Howard McCauley and Mabel Hester McCauley, he graduated from Linesville (PA) High School. In January 1942, Paul enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was proud to have served his country. Paul graduated from Grove City College (PA) with a B.S. in business administration. During his business career, he received God's call to ministry. Paul earned a bacehlor's in sacred theology from Wesley Seminary (D.C.) and a master's in sacred theology from USC. He was a recognized Greek scholar. Paul enjoyed nature, classical music, crossword puzzles and was a wine aficionado. He was awarded the 32nd degree from his Masonic lodge and served as chaplain for the Almas Shriners in Washington, D.C. During his 50-year pastoral career, he was appointed to 11 parishes in seven states. Through a pastor exchange program with West Germany, he was assigned to Lutheran churches in Merhrum and Peine from 1975 through 1977. While in Germany, Paul also worshipped at the British Army based in Hildesheim. When the British chaplain was reassigned to Northern Ireland, Paul was granted the honorary rank of major and became the officiating chaplain to the British Forces. Each Sunday, the American United Methodist pastor conducted Lutheran services in German and then Anglican services in English at the base. Two memorable experiences in his life included offering prayer to open the U.S. Senate on several occasions. As a way of sharing his love of Germany, Paul led trips to Europe, three of which included performances of the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany. Paul was honored that six people chose the ministry because of knowing him. Paul is survived by three daughters, Jeanette McCauley from Lexington Park, Maryland, Paulette McCauley of State Road, Loretta Austin from Davenport, Florida; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margery Jean (Taylor) McCauley; and his daughter, Rebecca Esther Shorb McCauley. The family thanks Dr. Vyberal and Dr. Barron for their commitment and friendship. If you wish to donate a memorial gift, Elkin United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 69, Elkin NC 28621 (; or Pets for Vets ( were two of Paul's favorites. Online condolences may be made at John Kennedy, funeral director, is assisting the McCauley family.

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To the McCauley family,
Rev McCauley was pastor at Dalton Methodist when we first moved to the Berkshires in 1970. He baptized our daughter, Sandra. Al joins me in expressing our deepest sympathy on the death of your father.
yours in Christian love,
Al and Dian Litster

Condolences to Paul's family and friends. May the love of God and peace of Christ be with you at this time and always.

Sincere sympathy to the family of Paul McCauley. We never forgot his time here in Dalton MA, and remember him and the family fondly. Prayers are with you all.
Linda and Ray Fischer

To Paul's family and friends - may the peace of God be with all as you celebrate a true saint's life.

Thinking of you and your dad at this time. So thankful for your warm welcome to me when I began the Amherst chapter of my life and all the ways God directed our paths together that first year. One sermon of your dad's that I remember (I've heard so many, but very few stick!) was to celebrate the pipe organ and the text he took was that "you will have the poor with you always" - just what Wesley Amherst needed to hear. I would love to be in touch with you. I'm wrapping up 20 years...

Our deepest sympathy to the family as God provides comfort.
From: Pastor Alecia Reeves-Freeman & the family at Fisk UMC, Natick, MA

Never have I met a man so sweet and full of life than Poppa McCauley. Jeanette, Paulette and Lorie my thoughts and prayers are with you three today and the days to come.

Jeanette and Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Cheryl

I express my sympathies to the family. Paul and I served together at Central Honesdale. He was both a colleague and a friend. We spent 11 years together in ministry. We continued our friendships after I was appointed to a new church. One of the things that I most respected about Paul was his keen mind, excellent preaching skills and enjoyed life as it came to him. Well done thou good and faithful servant, you have now received your rewards for a well lived life. I will be in prayer during the...